Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was very desperate to join Italian giants Inter Milan in January but the Blues coach Frank Lampard blocked his move.
The Frenchman informed Frank Lampard about his intention to move to Inter Milam in January after he had just played two Premier League match but unfortunately Lampard declined
Lampard has on several occasions considered Tammy Abraham as the first choice at Stamford Bridge something that Giroud has not been happy with and he (Giroud) was not short of offers with Lyon, Inter Milan, Lazio, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Atletico Madrid all heavily linked with moves.
However, the Frenchman revealed that his desire was to play for Antonio Conte’s Inter.
“In January, I saw myself far away from Chelsea,’ Giroud told Telefoot. ‘I saw six complicated months ahead of me. That’s why I had the desire to change scenery. I tried to leave in January. It was all done, but in the end Chelsea didn’t want to let me go”.
“I could only leave on the condition they found a replacement. I still hoped to leave on January 31. ‘Everyone knows that Inter’s sporting project was the most interesting for me. Them aside, Lazio and Tottenham also looked at me”.
“At one point, it was a question of where I wanted to play. I talked to Conte on the phone, he’s known me from when he took me to Chelsea: that was an advantage for me”.
“In addition, Inter plays in the Champions League. They’re a great club. Lazio, for their part, tried absolutely everything, even coming to London to try something, but the deal was blocked.”
“I also talked on the phone to Lyon’s President, who expressed an interest in me, but I told him that my priority was going to Inter”. Giroud said