Olivier Giroud confirms Deschamps advised him to move

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

"Dortmund were interested, but only in a loan deal, while Sevilla and Roma both called my agent", the former Arsenal striker told Telefoot, as cited by Estadio Deportivo.

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud spurned interest from Roma, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund in order to join the defending Premier League champions and work with Antonio Conte, the France global has confirmed.

Firstly, it allowed the Gunners to complete their club record move for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Once Arsene Wenger had made a decision to bring in another centre-forward in Aubameyang, the French global told the media that he spoke to Didier Deschamps for advice before choosing to move on as part of the chain that ensured that the Gabonese hitman ended up at the Emirates.

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"He encouraged me to change clubs", added Giroud, who signed an 18-month deal with the English Premier League champions.

"A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps') opinion". But he encouraged me to change clubs.

Meanwhile, Giroud admitted that it was a "disappointment" to leave North London after scoring 105 goals for the club since joining in the summer of 2012.

"The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new forward striker [Aubameyang]".

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"But the choice was clear and obvious once I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me".

Chelsea FC are now preparing for their Premier League trip to Watford on Monday night as they look to try and bounce back to winning ways after their loss to Bournemouth last week.

"With Aubameyang signing for Arsenal that would have made it at least three centre-forwards". Even though I'd spent five and a half magnificent years there it was logical for my career to evolve and to find a new challenge. But he wanted more playing time, he has not played many Premier League games and he wants to go to the World Cup as well, that's why I opened the door when Aubameyang came in to give him a chance to get the competition he deserves.

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