This past summer transfer window saw plenty of speculation linking Chelsea’s current number one striker Olivier Giroud with a move away from the club – with Marseille touted as the club to salvage him in the wake of Antonio Conte’s sacking.
Having arrived at Stamford Bridge from rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window for around £18 million, there was plenty of talk of him departing just a few short months into his contract with Chelsea.
However, it’s now come to light in the Express that there was very little in the speculation in pre-season about Olivier Giroud leaving the club, fresh off the back of winning the World Cup in Russia.
“It did not go as far as was claimed.”
“There was contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this [past] summer.”
“I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.”
“For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last 10 years.”
“I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?”
Whether it was trusting in his current strikers or failing to get other attacking targets such as Gonzalo Higuain – Giroud remained along with Spaniard Alvaro Morata under Maurizio Sarri.
However, the long-term future for Giroud is somewhat uncertain with Chelsea reportedly targeting a January swoop for Genoa’s Polish international striker Krzysztof Piatek.