Giroud admits his disapointment at having to leave Arsenal for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud could make his Chelsea debut against Watford in Premier League on Monday

"I had an offer from Dortmund, but they wanted a loan". For Giroud too it was a bit emotional to leave behind all the memories and start fresh, but it was when Wenger chose to bring in a third striker (Aubameyang) after Lacazette's arrival in the summer that the France global made a decision to leave.

Olivier Giroud has told Telefoot he turned down offers from Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Roma but chose to join Chelsea for the chance to work with Antonio Conte.

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 worldwide career.

"I spoke with Didier Deschamps. He did not tell me to join Chelsea, just to change club".

"A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his [Deschamps, France manager] opinion".

The striker admitted that he wanted to join Chelsea when he knew Antonio Conte wanted him
The striker admitted that he wanted to join Chelsea when he knew Antonio Conte wanted him

Giroud has been a consistent part of Deschamps's plans despite a plethora of attacking talent in France, and the target man has scored 29 goals in 69 France appearances. "But he encouraged me to change clubs", he said. "The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)", said Giroud. "There was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma".

Giroud explained: 'I had wanted to stay at Arsenal to try my luck even when Alex Lacazette arrived. "With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I chose to leave", he said.

"It made sense for me to give a new direction to my career".

With first-choice striker Alvaro Morata sidelined by a back injury, Conte had been in the market for a player with Giroud's physical presence.

"There was a bit of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there".

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