Striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that ‘GOD wanted him to stay at Chelsea’ after he signed a new contract extension at the Blues, MySportDab reports.
The 33-year-old looked set to leave Chelsea in January because he wanted to keep his plan in the France Squad for EURO 2020.
But thanks to Tammy Abraham’s injury midway into the season, Giroud took advantage of the opportunity and impressed Frank Lampard.
He started the next five games for Frank Lampard and scored at home against Tottenham and Everton before the Premier League was put on hold back in March.
However, Giroud was awarded with a contract deal until the end of next season.
‘I was meant to leave in January because I had very little playing time and I needed to play more to make the France squad for EURO 2020,’ Giroud told Chelsea’s website.
‘I was very close to leaving the club but I think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea. The Coach said he won’t let me leave because there was no one to replace me.
‘We all know what happened so I won’t go over it but the coach spoke to me and told me that he would give me more games.
‘He did exactly that and what I had to do was prove to him that he could count rely on anytime I am needed. I made good use of my opportunity and I repaid the faith he showed in me.
‘That’s why Chelsea offered me the chance to continue my career here and I accepted because I love it here. I want to win more trophies and I want to always show the Coach that he can count on me.
‘With the coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn’t like the idea of traveling abroad and moving my family. I think a lot about everything and we have a great setup already here. I think a lot about my family.’