Olivier Giroud has told Chelsea website that Chelsea is the ‘perfect club’ for him, after switching allegiances and signing from Arsenal on Wednesday’s Deadline day.
The France international has signed an eighteen month contract at Stamford Bridge worth £18million with an option to extend it for another year.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Giroud spoke of the reason he was keen to move to Chelsea: “The most important thing was talking with the coach (Antonio Conte).
“I felt like he really wanted me and he really wanted to work with me. I wanted to sign for Chelsea and nowhere else, I really wanted to play more.
“I wanted to stay in the Premier League, and Chelsea for me is perfect because I can even stay in London.
“But the first reason is the sporting challenge, that has always been my first priority. Everything is here for me to be happy.”
Giroud joined Arsenal in 2012 from Ligue 1 side Montpellier, where in his two seasons he had scored 39 goals in 85 appearances. The side were forced to sell Giroud in order to get their deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the line.
Giroud who had struggled for playing time at the Gunners this season with just one Premier League game, made his final appearance for Arsenal Tuesday night, coming off the bench in their 3-1 loss to Swansea at Liberty Stadium.
On Wednesday night Giroud joined Chelsea’s new left back Emerson Palmieri who signed the day before Giroud, in the stands to watch the Blues’ disappointing 3-0 loss to Bournemouth.
Despite not being part of Chelsea’s defeat, the 31-year-old was spotted looking glum at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham on Thursday morning, alongside Palmieri.
Both are expected to make their debuts on Monday evening when Chelsea play Watford at Vicarage Road.