- Olivier Giroud snubbed move to Lyon because of Real Madrid striker Benzema
- The Chelsea man does not want to have anything to do with Benzema's ex-club
- Giroud is now on the verge of making a move to Italian champions Juventus
Olivier Giroud who is currently on the books of Chelsea has made it clear that he rejected a move to join French side Lyon because of the feud between him and Karim Benzema.
Despite leaving Lyon 10 years ago, the fans of the French club still cherish Karim Benzema considering his performances when he was playing for the side.
But his place in the French national team was taken over by Olivier Giroud following an alleged involvement in blackmailing Mathieu Valbuena over a tape.
And since the heartbreaking incident happened five years ago, Karim Benzema has been ignored in the national team.
The most painful thing for Karim Benzema was the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia which was won by France in which Giroud was among the squad.
Benzema claimed then that he should have been the one in the squad and not Giroud.
Lyon are trying to bolster their squad this summer so that they can fight again next season in the Champions League.
According to the report on UK Mirror, Giroud snubbed Lyon because he does not want to go near anything that has to do with Karim Benzema.
"Unfortunately it's the cruel truth. I have to come to terms with that. From a footballing standpoint, the move would've been fine.
"But I didn't want to run the slightest risk of danger to my family particularly considering how some people reacted at the time,'' Giroud explained.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Olivier Giroud agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus if Luis Suarez stays at Barcelona this summer, according to reports.
The Biaconeri have been in the market for a new striker after releasing Gonzalo Higuain and Suarez has been their number one target.
But it is understood that the Chelsea striker Giroud has been seen as a serious alternative for the Uruguayan who could remain at the Camp Nou following Lionel Messi's decision.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio, the Frenchman has reached an agreement in principle with the Italian champions over the next two years.
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