Olivier Giroud has revealed the promise Frank Lampard made to convince him to stay at Chelsea despite trying to quit Chelsea earlier this season.
Giroud was frustrated with the lack of playing time at Chelsea earlier this season as Frank Lampard was choosing Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the first XI of Squad.
Due to this Oliver Giroud had made his mind for transfer in January Transfer Window.
Giroud was looking to move to secure more guaranteed minutes elsewhere to ensure he would be in contention for France’s Euro 2020 squad.
But, Injury of Tammy Abraham has given him the boost to get in the playing XI and Giroud has grabbed this opportunity very well and made most of it.
Lampard convinced him to stay at Chelsea, however, as the Blues boss promised Giroud he would select him more often.
The French Striker told Chelsea’s website: “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.
“I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.
“The manager told me that he couldn’t let me leave because he didn’t have anyone to replace me.
“Everyone knows what happened so I won’t go back over it but the coach spoke to me privately and told me that he’d give more games.
“He kept his word and what then mattered to me was proving to him that he could count on me when I was called upon.”
His previous deal was due to expire this summer, but he’ll now remain in west London until 2021.
”I came off the bench and scored in my first game against Manchester United,” added Giroud. “The goal was ruled out because half of my foot was offside.
“In the next game, we were up against Tottenham, one of our main challengers for a Champions League place. I played and I scored. I kept my place in the side and then I found the net again against Everton.
“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.”