Date: 16th October 2018 at 10:00pm
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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has addressed speculation on his future from the summer and stated a proposed switch to Marseille was not as close as some outlets reported, he told¬†L’Equipe.

The France World Cup winner joined the Blues from London rivals Arsenal in January and has battled Alvaro Morata for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge ever since, which led to suggestions he could move on in the summer.

Giroud was widely linked with a return to France to join Marseille, while also tipped for a loan move to join Atletico Madrid, but suggested that the reports during the previous transfer window were exaggerated.

“It did not go as far as was claimed.¬†There was contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer. I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.

“For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last 10 years. I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?”

The situation could change in January though as Chelsea are widely reported to be in the hunt for a new forward to provide a boost to their attacking ranks.