By Jack Cunningham

13th Oct, 2021 | 6:10am

Olivier Giroud reveals why he didn't join Everton in 2017

Olivier Giroud claims that a family friend with strong spiritual views stopped him from moving to Everton in 2017.

Speaking to The Guardian about many topics, the former Arsenal striker revealed just how close he came to swapping the Emirates for Goodison Park, only to decide against the move.

The 35-year-old revealed that his strong belief in God led to him turning down a move to the Toffees in 2017, which is a shame considering what Giroud has gone on to achieve.

He said: “My faith helped me every single day, particularly when I had to make big decisions. For example, you can understand from my book why I didn’t go to Everton and why I stayed at Chelsea instead of signing for Inter. One thing I will tell you is God has got a plan for every single person on Earth. We make our path, and the Lord sets the pace.”

How different things could have been.

In his time in the Premier League, Giroud became a very reliable goalscorer, and it seems as if the Toffees could have had him as part of their team.

However, due to his mystic friend and his own faith, he decided to turn that move down, and he moved to Chelsea in January 2018.

In his time at Stamford Bridge, he made 119 appearances in which he scored 39 goals, so the Toffees could have had that power and ability upfront but missed out for a pretty unusual reason.

The World Cup-winning forward has always been a good goalscorer, and it seems incredible that he turned down a move to Goodison Park because of his mystic friend.

Usually, if a player turns down a move, it is because of money or ambition, but it seems as if none of that had anything to do with it.

This is actually a really good interview with Giroud, and we recommend anyone to take some time out of their day to read it.

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