Chelsea star REJECTS last-gasp January move to China – despite £167,000-a-week offer

Chelsea star REJECTS last-gasp January move to China – despite £167,000-a-week offer

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Giroud has just six months left on his Chelsea deal but doesn’t look like leaving before tomorrow’s deadline. He joined the Blues from Arsenal in January last year, but has failed to earn a regular starting spot. However a move to China and the chance to play more reguarly didn’t appeal to the World Cup winner. French outlet L’Equipe report he’s turned down a €10m (£8.7m) a year salary in the Far East – which works out at around £167,000-a-week. Giroud is said to have turned down the offer because he wants to carry on playing in a competitive league. The 32-year-old revealed earlier this week a return to his native France wouldn’t be dismissed. “I’ve never said ‘no’ to a return to France,” Giroud said. “Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League, though.” Giroud could find game-time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain earlier this month. “The coach makes [Eden] Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers,” the Frenchman said. “But he is the best player I’ve ever played with. “If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.” Higuain is set to make his Premier League debut when Chelsea travel to Bournemouth tonight. Higuain made his Blues bow in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, when Eden Hazard was rested, but the Belgian is poised to return as one of a raft of changes. David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are likely to return, while Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to start in the Premier League, could find himself on the bench once more. Chelsea provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Higuain, Hazard, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi.

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