Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud was so keen on departing Stamford Bridge earlier this year that he came close to signing for long-time rivals Tottenham, the Frenchman has revealed.

The 33-year-old star has had a mixed time of it since joining Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018, regularly being in-and-out of the team and the first half of last campaign saw the forward right out of contention.

With Tammy Abraham starting regularly, Olivier was hardly getting a look-in and he was desperate to depart in January as he looked for first team football.

The France international was not short of options and even considered a move to Spurs, despite the heated rivalry between the Blues and the Gunners and the white half of north London.

‘During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,’ Olivier told So Foot, via Goal.

‘For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter. I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!’

Olivier finds himself out of the team under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard again this season since the arrival of the German striker Timo Werner, who looks set to be the first choice up front.

The imposing attacker has been linked with an exit again, with Serie A giants Juventus touted, but he has dismissed that speculation.

‘Italians, they get carried away quickly,’ he told Telefoot when quizzed about the speculation.

‘I was surprised to receive messages from friends this morning telling me about this rumour.

‘That’s far from being the case. I am a Chelsea player and I feel good here.