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Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Giroud reveals Roma interest

Giroud reveals Roma interest

'The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new striker and with Aubameyang's signing at Arsenal, there were three top strikers, and that's why I made a decision to leave, ' the 31-year-old said in an interview with Telefoot (via Metro Sport).

Olivier Giroud: "I had offers from Dortmund, Sevilla & Roma".

But for Giroud, the significance of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Arsenal can not be underestimated.

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.

"Deschamps didn't encourage me to join Chelsea, he encouraged me to change clubs", the striker told French TV station, Telefoot.

However, once Antonio Conte's interest was known, Giroud's mind was made up.

Olivier Giroud
GETTY Olivier Giroud trains with his new Chelsea team-mates

"A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps') opinion". But my choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me. But he encouraged me to change clubs.

Giroud also admitted that his chances of playing for France at this year's World Cup were in the balance, having scored four goals in Premier League 16 appearances for the Gunners so far this season. "The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)", said Giroud.

It's interesting that Giroud received offers from Dortmund and Roma. "With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I chose to leave", he said.

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

The £18 million deal that took Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to Chelsea isn't exactly the standout of the January transfer window. Even though I'd spent five and a half magnificent years there it was logical for my career to evolve and to find a new challenge.

"I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we work well together".

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