Speaking in an interview with Le Progrès which coincides with the launch of his autobiography, France striker Olivier Giroud confirmed that he chose to reject Lyon because he was afraid of the repercussions he would face for entering into Karim Benzema’s former slot as #9 for OL.
“[I didn’t want to create controversy by joining] the club that gave birth to Karim Benzema. Sadly this is the cruel truth. I am forced to deal with that. Aside from that on the footballing side I could have handled it no problem. But I do not want to bring about the slightest risk for my family or to bring about non-footballing disagreements as a result of that, when I saw how some people react…”