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Antonio Conte told Alvaro Morata still key despite new Chelsea FC signing

Antonio Conte told Alvaro Morata still key despite new Chelsea FC signing

The title holders finally signed a target man on transfer deadline day following the £21m addition of Olivier Giroud from their bitter rivals Arsenal.

Giroud sat on the sidelines in his new Chelsea tracksuit as Giroud watched three second-half goals in 16 minutes from Bournemouth in a shock defeat.

"I spoke with Didier Deschamps".

Having started just one of his 16 appearances in the Premier League this season after the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud sought a move away from Arsenal in January in order to play more regularly.

"You know how attached I am to the national team and I want to play at a World Cup in Russian Federation, which will surely be my last, so I have to give myself the best possible chance", he said, adding that he "needed a new challenge, a new club".

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"I could have stayed, but I needed some solutions to get back in. There was a bit of disappointment even if I spent five magnificent years there".

The 31-year-old striker signed for the Blues for £18 million from their London rivals after Arsenal snapped up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, while Michy Batshuayi went from Stamford Bridge on loan to the German club. "I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me".

Giroud could debut for Jose Mourinho's side when they travel to Watford on Monday.

Giroud found himself on the fringes of the Arsenal squad this term and, with the World Cup coming up in the summer, the forward revealed the advice given to him by his national team coach.

That's a definite option for Antonio Conte as Alvaro Morata is out of contention once again. There was Seville and my agent also received a phone call from Roma. "But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made", he said.


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