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“In my heart”- 35-year-old ex-Chelsea striker reveals why he rebuffed interest from Tottenham during Mourinho’s tenure last year

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Olivier Giroud revealed he didn’t sign for Tottenham Hotspur despite interest from former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho

In conversation with The Mirror (h/t Football.london), Olivier Giroud shared that he didn’t sign for Tottenham Hostpur despite their interest in him in January 2020.

Giroud has revealed that the Lilywhites wanted to sign him in January 2020. The French striker, who is now at AC Milan, was playing for Chelsea back at that time. The 35-year-old striker went on to score 90 goals and provide 28 assists in 255 Premier League appearances throughout his career.

Giroud made his name at Arsenal and later went on to play for the Blues. If things panned out differently, the French international could have had the chance to play for another London club. 

Olivier Giroud revealed he didn't sign for Tottenham Hotspur despite interest from former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho was intent on signing Olivier Giroud

The current AC Milan striker shared his reasons for snubbing Spurs as his past history with the Gunners would always be at the back of his mind: 

“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.”

Jose Mourinho made his way to Tottenham after the North London club sacked Mauricio Pochettino with the Portuguese enduring a thought spell with the Lilywhites. Olivier Giroud could have been a substantial backup but his history with the other London clubs could have put him in a precarious place with the Spurs fans.

Olivier Giroud spoke about his reasons for not joining Tottenham Hotspur

Olivier Giroud spoke about his reasons for not joining Tottenham Hotspur

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