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Giroud suggests coronavirus played role in him staying at Chelsea: ‘I didn’t really feel comfortable’
Olivier Giroud has recently provided some insight into his decision to stay at Chelsea.
The 2019/20 campaign began in rather disappointing fashion for Olivier Giroud.
The arrival of Frank Lampard to the Chelsea dugout saw the Frenchmans game time dramatically diminish in the first half of 2019/20.
This, unsurprisingly, led to speculation in January that Giroud was set to depart Stamford Bridge.
Giroud himself even admitted in February that he saw himself far away from Chelsea in the winter window.
However, partly due to Tammy Abrahams injury struggles, the World Cup winner began to be offered more opportunities in the second half of the campaign.
In fact, before the season was halted, the hitman had featured in Chelseas last four league ties.
Despite his upturn in form, Girouds future in London still remained somewhat unclear as he had just a few months left on his current contract.
However, it was announced in May that the 97-time capped international had penned a one-year extension.
And now, as mentioned above, Giroud has recently shed some light on him signing a new deal with the capital giants, citing the coronavirus lockdown as a factor, with the Chelsea forward suggesting he didnt feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad:
“I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me.
“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.”
Quotes via ESPN.