- Olivier Giroud reveals his stay at Chelsea was inspired by God
- The Frenchman signed a new one year contract with the Blues until the summer of 2021
- The former Arsenal star further stated that his body feels some kind of pains due to the kind of training due to COVID-19 pandemic
Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has revealed that God told him to remain at Stamford Bridge and that was why he signed a new one-year extension.
The French World Cup-winning striker was initially meant to run out of contract with the Blues this month, but the club convinced him to stay till next summer.
He said was close to leaving the London club earlier this year after failing to get enough playing time which could afford him named in the France squad for Euro 2020 tourney.
Meanwhile, the outburst of COVID-19 pandemic forced the organisers to shift the competition until the summer of 2021
SunSport revealed that Frank Lampard turned down Giroud's transfer request because he had not found a replacement for him.
Giroud said: “‘I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.
“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.
“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.
“I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me.
Meanwhile, Giroud is unhappy with the mode of training ahead of Premier League return but insisted that they have to comply with all the government rules to keep all players safe.
He added that the new style of training makes his body feel the strain of training forced on them by coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "There are quite a lot of differences. ‘We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.
“Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training.
“Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.
“Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League.
"I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.
Giroud fell down the pecking order after the arrival of Lampard last year with Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi considered before him.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Olivier Giroud is concerned about himself and his teammates after they all returned to training amid the global pandemic.
The Frenchman claimed that their training routine in Chelsea's camp is having an adverse effect of them adding that almost all of his teammates have developed blisters.
The Premier League is set to return on June 17, as the Blues look to cement their place in the top-four for next season's Champions League ahead of Man United, Tottenham and Arsenal.
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