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Giroud: I rejected Lyon move due to Benzema’s spat

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has admitted he rejected the chance to join Lyon in January because of Karim Benzema.

The pair have a troubled relationship after Giroud excelled for France in Benzema’s absence.

The Real Madrid star has not featured for his country since becoming embroiled in a blackmail scheme over a sex-tape in 2015.

Earlier this year, Benzema refused to make comparisons with Giroud because he claimed it would be like comparing an F1 car with a go-cart.

When it came likely Giroud would leave Chelsea in January, Lyon was linked with heavily the former Arsenal man.

But writing in his upcoming autobiography – due out on September 10 – the 32-year-old admitted Benzema’s connection with the club swayed him to reject the move.

In an excerpt from Le Progres, Giroud said: “Unfortunately it’s the cruel truth. I have to come to terms with that. Afterward, in football, I could have taken it on without any problem.

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“But I did not want to run the slightest risk for my family or to train inconvenience outside of football compared to that when I saw how some were reacting.”

More details around the failed transfer will emerge when the book is released publicly.

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