Marseille Tried to Sign Chelsea Powerhouse in the Summer

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Olivier Giroud has revealed that Ligue 1 side Marseille made contact over a potential deal to sign him from Chelsea.

Speaking to a French outlet L’Equipe, the former Arsenal player says he never considered the prospect of leaving Blues so soon after joining.

“We did not go as far as we can say, there was really a contact the year before, but nothing concrete this I had just arrived in Chelsea, it was not the case to pack up again three months later.”

“For me, Chelsea is the best club in England, the one that has won the most titles in the last ten years. They are where I wanted to be: so why leave?”

Marseille were heavily connected with a move to sign the striker during the summer transfer window, and it had been reported that official contact was made.

Olivier opted to compete for his place at the west London giants, with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata struggling to impress in front of goal.

Both forwards have since been battling for the number one spot at Blues, but neither have been prolific in front of goal.

The latter may now fancy his opportunities of earning a starting spot after his late goal versus Southampton, while Giroud himself also played an essential role in assisting Ross Barkley.