AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has said that he considered joining Tottenham Hotspur for his lack of playing time at Chelsea.

Giroud, who joined the Rossoneri on a two-year deal last summer, played a key role in AC Milan’s title-winning campaign. He featured in 38 games across competitions, registering 14 goals and four assists.

Earlier in 2020, he was on the verge of moving to Italy when he grew frustrated at Chelsea due to his lack of involvement on the pitch. Speaking during a recent press conference, as quoted by Football Italia, he said:

“At the time, I was not getting regular playing time at Chelsea; I was the third-choice striker, so I tried to find a solution with Frank Lampard. I couldn’t remain in that situation. I wanted to leave, but Lampard told me that he needed a replacement.”
The 35-year-old continued:

“He promised me that I would have had more chances and gave me the opportunity to do so. I think I scored eight goals in the final ten games of the season; thank God, we qualified for the UEFA Champions League.”
He added:

“At that time, Italian clubs were very interested. At one point, Inter told me that they no longer had the money to sign me. I did everything I could to leave. I also met Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare, a gentleman. He came to Heathrow Airport just to meet me.”
The former Arsenal and Montpellier striker concluded:

“I was so desperate to leave that I even told Lampard that I would have joined Tottenham because I knew that Jose Mourinho wanted me. In the end, I think it would have been difficult because I had played for Arsenal. Destiny wanted me to be here, wearing the Rossoneri shirt.”
During his three-and-a-half-year stint at Chelsea, Giroud contributed 39 goals and 14 assists in 119 games across competitions. He helped the Blues lift one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League and one FA Cup.

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The 37-year-old is interested to join a club where he can continue playing in the UEFA Champions League. He is currently on leave from training with the Red Devils due to family reasons.

Ronaldo had an impressive season last time around, despite his team’s woes, top-scoring with 24 goals in 39 appearances across competitions.


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