Speaking in an interview with Téléfoot, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud explained his decision to turn down Marseille this summer.
“I did not refuse Marseille. I simply said to the boss when I was on the phone with him… He wanted to know if I was interested or not in the Marseille project. I have always said that returning to France was not an option for me, even less so in the short-term future. So it was not something against Marseille, because the project is very ambitious and very interesting… It was not specifically about Marseille, because I also had Lyon. I am very flattered to have been chased by two great French clubs.”