Chelsea's Olivier Giroud rejected big European trio to work with Antonio Conte

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Telefoot Olivier Giroud spoke to Telefoot about his Chelsea switch

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte names January signing Olivier Giroud on the bench for the Premier League fixture at Watford.

Chelsea paid a club record fee of £60,000,000 to bring him to the club, meaning he won't be an easy target for PSG to sign. In the summer, we welcomed the arrivals of Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater.

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Eden Hazard started the game at Watford up front for Chelsea, with Alvaro Morata now injured. Giroud is now in contention with Alexander Lacazzette and several other France forwards to make it to the upcoming FIFA World Cup and his game time at Arsenal was clearly not enough. Giroud is a starter for Les Bleus, and he needs game time and goals in the second half of the season to maintain his spot in the team.

Conte claimed Giroud was not fit enough to start the match, having only just returned from a hamstring injury he suffered while at Arsenal last week. Although he didn't say "go to Chelsea".

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With the 31-year-old already pondering his future, watching his employers invest £56 million in the Borussia Dortmund striker all but signalled the end of his time at the Emirates. But they wanted a loan. "There was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma. But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made", he said.

Olivier #Giroud has revealed Didier Deschamps "told" him to leave #Arsenal this January, though not necessarily to Chelsea. That's the logic and why I chose to leave Arsenal. "I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me".

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