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Giroud reveals two reasons why he signed new contract with Chelsea

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said the coronavirus pandemic was one of the reasons why he extended his contract with the club. 

The Frenchman signed a year's contract extension last month, which came as a surprise as he was bent on leaving at the end of the season. 

He came close to leaving the club in January, with Inter Milan thought to have been keen on snapping him up. 

"I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me," he told the club's website.

"That's why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea and I accepted immediately because I like it here. I want to keep winning trophies and I want to continue to show the manager that he can count on me.

"Plus, with the whole coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn't really feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad and uprooting my family. I think a lot about our quality of life and we have a great setup here. I think a lot about my family now."

The former Arsenal man found the going tough at the West London club following Frank Lampard's arrival, as he was forced to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham.

He admitted to have pushed to leave the club as he hoped to make France's EURO 2020 team, but with the tournament pushed to 2021, the striker can build on his recent form at the London club. 

"I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn't playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020," Giroud added.

"I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea," 

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