Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud says he did everything possible to leave Chelsea in January but he was unable to leave due to Chelsea not having a replacement for them.
"Even I saw myself elsewhere to be honest. I went through six complicated months,” Giroud told Telefoot.
“That's why I tried to leave in January. I did everything [to leave]. In the end, with the circumstances, Chelsea did not want to let me go. The crucial condition for my departure was to have a replacement.
“The most interesting club for me was Inter. The problem is that it dragged on. In the end, and even if Lazio were there towards the end and Tottenham too, it was no longer a question of where I was going to leave but could I leave. There was nothing to do. I was stuck.
“I knew that anyway I shouldn't start going on strike or wreak havoc in the locker room. First of all, because it is not me and also because I knew there was a good chance that I would stay at Chelsea. That’s why I stayed flawless and professional until the end.
“There were two reactions: either I mope around myself or I fight for my place. That's what I did. And the coach who promised me more opportunities to play kept his word and I took my chance