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Former Premier League hero Olivier Giroud said that a ‘sign from heaven’ convinced him to turn down a move to Everton before joining Chelsea instead, while speaking to the Guardian. 

Given the way the 2017/18 season panned out at Goodison Park – three managers, European humiliation, that Sam Allardyce spell – the World Cup winner would be forgiven for puffing out his cheeks and breathing an almighty sigh of relief. 

After all, while Everton have spent the last couple of years milling around mid-table, the late-blooming Giroud has continued to enhance his already enviable collection of silverware, tasting FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League glory after turning down Merseyside in favour of a switch to West London. 

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“I believe in the story of Jesus in the Bible and that it is to bring us more humility,” Giroud said, explaining how a fearful prophecy from one of his mother’s friends convinced him to snub Everton’s advances.  

“Nothing is easy in life, you have to grab it and get out of your comfort zone. My faith helped me every single day, particularly when I had to make big decisions.

“For example, why I didn’t go to Everton and why I stayed at Chelsea instead of signing for Inter.” 

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Giroud admitted, back in 2017, that he had been ‘very close’ to leaving Arsenal for Everton (Sky Sports).

The stylish centre-forward finally bid farewell to life at the Emirates just a few months later, joining Chelsea instead. And while first-team football proved to be elusive in Chelsea blue, trophies did not. 

Now 35, the evergreen Giroud is still going strong at AC Milan, scoring twice in just three Serie A appearances since swapping Stamford Bridge for the San Siro. 

“I have to congratulate Giroud. He is doing very well and has shown himself to be ready,” Milan legend and now honorary vice-president Franco Baresi said last month. 

“His signing was important. He can make a great contribution.”  

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