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Inter, Lazio and Tottenham were interested in me - Giroud

Fri 15 October 2021 | 10:08

The Rossoneri striker revealed that the Special One wanted to acquire his services in 2020, when he was in charge of Tottenham, and so did Inter and Lazio.

Olivier Giroud

made a move to

Milan

in a €1m deal over the summer from

Chelsea

. The striker had the chance to depart Stamford Bridge sooner as

Tottenham

,

Lazio

and

Inter

were keen on signing him in 2020.

Jose Mourinho

was at the helm at Tottenham back then, while

Antonio Conte

managed the Nerazzurri.

Tottenham was interested and Jose Mourinho was interested. But I was so close to signing for Inter, for Lazio, I was desperate for game time,”

Giroud told

The Mirror

.

“Tottenham was there but, to be honest, it was not a clear option because the race for the Premier League top four made it difficult for anything to happen.

“But also in my heart, as a proper ex-Gunner, and as we always say: ‘Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.’ It would have been very weird to have played Tottenham. That’s why it didn’t happen,”

the French striker explained.

The France international played for Arsenal for six years and met the back of the net 105 times in 253 matches.

The ex-Chelsea and Arsenal striker penned a two-year contract with the Serie A side in the summer but is he able to play until he is 40?

There are so many good examples. Like here in Milan, Paolo Maldini led a good way of life, played until his 40s, Zlatan is so professional and I pay attention to that and it’s massively important,”

he said.

“But while my body remains in good shape and my motivations stay high, I still want to play. While that remains, I want to carry on. After that, I want to stay in football and maybe opportunities will present to me.

“I would like to become a sporting director or something like that because football is all I’ve known in my life. It’s more common for former players in Italy, but that’s not why I came to Milan and I think it will get more and more common in England anyway.”

The Frenchman found the back of the net twice in five games with Milan this season.


source: SportMob

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