Chelsea recruit reveals the driving force behind his exit from former club

  • Chelsea recruit reveals the driving force behind his exit from former club

Chelsea recruit reveals the driving force behind his exit from former club

Giroud, who became a fan favourite at the Emirates, joined Chelsea over Sevilla, Roma and Borussia Dortmund - ending a six year association with the Gunners.

His move across the capital comes having fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal this season, and Giroud has revealed he was urged to change clubs for the good of his global career.

And with the World Cup in Russian Federation on the horizon, Giroud revealed that French manager Didier Deschamps urged him to change clubs to get some valuable game time. "But he encouraged me to change clubs", Giroud told Telefoot, as relayed by the Daily Mail.

The lure of Italy's capital and North Rhine-Westphalia was not enough for Giroud, whose mind was made up after learning of Conte's desire to bring him to Chelsea.

'I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in. "But he encouraged me to change clubs", he said.

27 - Since his debut in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored more headed goals in the Premier League than any other player. There was Sevilla and my agent also received a phone call from Roma. The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made.

"Last summer, I wanted to stay with Arsenal to try my luck even though Alex Lacazette arrived".

"When he signed, that made three central strikers and that is why I chose to leave", Giroud told Telefoot, per the Metro.

Giroud satisfied Chelsea's drawn-out pursuit of a targetman after they failed to sign Edin Dzeko, but the Frenchman suggested he could have replaced the Bosnian at the Olimpico. "There was a bit of disappointment even if I spent five magnificent years there".

'I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me'.