Deschamps World Cup warning sparked Giroud switch

Faith Castro
February 6, 2018

"But he encouraged me to change clubs", Giroud told Telefoot, as relayed by the Daily Mail. But he encouraged me to change clubs.

"But the choice was clear and obvious once I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me".

"I had offers from Dortmund, Sevilla, and Roma", said the French worldwide. "There was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma".

Despite being restricted to a mere handful of appearances during the first half of the campaign, Giroud attracted interest from a host of top European clubs such as Roma and Dortmund, who eventually signed Michy Batshuayi as a result of the Frenchman's move to west London.

With Arsenal bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record fee from Borussia Dortmund also on deadline day, Giroud's already limited opportunities in the Arsenal side we're reduced further, forcing him to take his future into his own hands.

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The man who spearheaded Montpellier's astonishing Ligue 1 title winning campaign in 2012 said the lure of working with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte determined his destination.

Olivier Giroud has claimed that he was disappointed to leave Arsenal but that he had offers from a number of clubs other than Chelsea (via Sky Sports).

"Last summer, I wanted to stay with Arsenal to try my luck even though Alex Lacazette arrived". The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker. "With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I made a decision to leave", Giroud told the French publication, Telefoot.

"I could have stayed". But he wanted more playing time, he has not played many Premier League games and he wants to go to the World Cup as well, that's why I opened the door when Aubameyang came in to give him a chance to get the competition he deserves.

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