Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has revealed he tried to convince Olivier Giroud to join him at Bordeaux.
The centre-back spoke to France Football and disclosed how our number nine rejected his offers to move away from Stamford Bridge.
The two Frenchmen played together for six years at Arsenal and won three FA Cups before Giroud made the switch to the Blues. In an interview, Koscielny confirmed the rumours he tried to get the striker to join him in France.
‘It’s true. I tried,’ he told France Football, which was also repeated in the Metro. ‘Olivier didn’t come, and I respect his choice.
‘He still feels capable of playing at the highest level, in a club that plays in the Champions League.’
This season, the French striker has been on form for the Blues, scoring seven goals in his last eight appearances. At 34 years old, he is trying to put himself in contention for selection for Didier Deschamps’ national team.
‘He wants to continue to play for the France national team in the Euros and maybe even go to the 2022 World Cup. If he still feels capable of doing it, let him enjoy it as much as possible.
‘He still wants to win and stay at the highest level.’