Olivier Giroud Opens Up on How He Almost Joined Tottenham Hotspur Due to Frustration With Frank Lampard

Olivier Giroud Opens Up on How He Almost Joined Tottenham Hotspur Due to Frustration With Frank Lampard

  • Olivier Giroud, at one point, considered joining Tottenham Hotspur due to lack of regular playing time at Chelsea
  • The French striker was a fringe player at Chelsea, and he wanted to move to a club where he would be guaranteed playing time
  • He ended up joining AC Milan last summer, where he inspired them to Serie A title victory

Former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has come out to explain that he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2020.

Giroud was largely unused by former manager Frank Lampard, and he wanted to move to another club in search of game time. A request Lampard denied due to lack of a replacement.

Olivier Giroud, Chelsea, Frank Lampard, Tottenham Hotspur
Olivier Giroud was frustrated over the lack of playing time at Chelsea. Photo by Roland Krivec.
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He was Lampard's third-choice striker. Multiple Italian clubs came and inquired about his signature, as Football Italia reports via Sportskeeda.

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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.

Giroud even contemplated joining Tottenham Hotspurs, who at that time were under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. That could have generated some wrath from Arsenal fans, given the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs.

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.

The World Cup-winning striker joined AC Milan last summer, where he inspired them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

At Chelsea, he won a couple of trophies, including the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel.

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Source: Sports Brief News