Olivier Giroud: I thought Chelsea FC supporters were booing me on debut
The Chelsea FC striker is delighted to have the support of the Blues supporters
Olivier Giroud has revealed that he wasn’t sure whether he got a positive reception on his Chelsea FC debut back in February.
The France international completed a £21m move to Chelsea FC from Arsenal on transfer deadline day in January.
Giroud was deemed surplus to requirements at the north London club and moved to Chelsea FC to secure regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup.
The 31-year-old made his debut in a 4-1 loss to Chelsea FC before his first start came in a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud has scored six goals and made three assists in all competitions for the west London side, including his strike in a 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final.
While the Chelsea FC forward has become a fans’ favourite since his switch to Stamford Bridge, Giroud admitted that he wasn’t sure what reception he got from the Blues supporters on his debut.
“When I first arrived I was hearing a noise like “ooo” and I wasn’t sure if it was ‘Giroud’ or “boo’,” Giroud told Chelsea FC’s website.
“I remembered Ruud van Nistelrooy, they used to shout his name like that, “Ruuuud”, so then I realised they were doing that for me. It’s nice. I could feel from the start the Chelsea fans are behind me.
“They see I want to give everything, 100 per cent, always, for the team. That’s most important for the fans, to give everything, and give back to them the same confidence they give me.”
Chelsea FC will take on their bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley next weekend.
Giroud has won the domestic cup competition in three of the last five seasons with Arsenal.
The Chelsea FC striker moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal after six years at The Emirates.