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‘CELTIC WANTED ME,’ REVEALS £10m GIROUD

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ARSENAL’S £10million French World Cup star Olivier Giroud has revealed he could have joined Celtic.
The 28-year-old striker was with Montpellier when ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon made an approach in the summer of 2011,.
Lennon’s enquiry wasn’t dismissed out of hand, with the frontman considering his options before deciding to remain with the French top-flight outfit.
Giroud admitted: “I think Celtic is still a great club. I always wanted to play in the English Premier League and a move there might have helped.
“In the end, I think I made the right decision to remain at Montpellier.”

Giroud also said that at the time of the interest from the Parkhead side he was asked by his club’s president Louis Nicollin if he wanted to be playing his football against Kilmarnock or continue in France.

Paris Saint Germain, Monaco and Sochaux also made offers for the striker during his time at Montpellier, the club he joined from Tours in January 2010 for £1.5million.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made his move to take Giroud to London after the 2012 European Championship Finals.
 
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