Olivier Giroud has revealed he did everything to leave Chelsea in January.
Giroud was linked with a move to Inter Milan during the January transfer window but a deal failed to materialize. The former Arsenal striker admits he has however moved on from the disappointment of not being able to leave. The Blues could not allow Giroud to leave after failed to secure a replacement.
Speaking to Telefoot, he said, "To be honest, I saw myself playing elsewhere. I had six tough months, which is why I wanted a change of scene to get back to playing and enjoying myself on the pitch, so I tried to leave in January."
"I did everything I could, but Chelsea didn't want to let me leave because the condition in place was that they had to bring in a replacement. On 31 January, I still hoped that I would leave. I was very disappointed, but I'd say that by the following morning, I'd put that behind me."
"I got straight back into the swing of things and was lucky that we had the winter break. I came back the week after raring to go and had the game against Manchester United when I came on and scored, but was marginally offside."
"Then there was the goal against Tottenham and I started playing regularly. That's how it is now. The coach [Frank Lampard] had promised me more playing time and kept his word, so I simply tried to take my chance."
The arrival of Frank Lampard saw Giroud fall in the pecking order with Tammy Abraham impressing at the start of the season.