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Giroud admits snubbing BVB, Sevilla & Roma for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud has revealed he turned down offers from Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Roma before joining Chelsea on deadline day.

The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £18m.

And speaking to Telefoot, the 31-year-old admitted his desire to remain in the Premier League made him choose Chelsea.

"I had an offer from Dortmund, but they wanted a loan. Sevilla were interested, Roma contacted my agent. But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made," said the 31-year-old.

Giroud added that Antonio Conte was also integral to him making the move.

"My choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me. I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we work well together.

"I spoke to [France manager] Didier Deschamps about my situation. He did not tell me to join Chelsea, just to change club."

He added: "The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new forward striker [Aubameyang] With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I decided to leave.

"I could have stayed, but I needed some solutions to get back in. I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me."

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