Amiens sports director John Williams has revealed that star striker Serhou Guirassy turned down the approach from West London club Chelsea last summer transfer window.
The Rennes forward scored a total of nine goals and one assist in 21 games for Amiens last season that earned him the interest from Chelsea.
Chelsea competed with their London rivals, West Ham who were also keen on his signature with Tottenham and Crystal Palace also among those thought to be interested.
After the proposed move to the English Premier League failed, the striker decided to remain in France and join Rennes in a £13.5m deal.
Serhou Guirassy was in action for Rennes against Chelsea in the Champions League, and Williams has revealed he could have been turning out for Frank Lampard’s side.
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“He refused to go to Chelsea during the last window,” he told he told Le Parisien.
“Serhou made a sporting choice when he could earn more money with the London team.
“He wanted to continue in a club where he was sure to have some playing time and not relive an experience like the one in Cologne where he was a substitute.
“The choice fell on Rennes because coach Julien Stéphan assured him that he was counting on him.”
However, the West London outfit seem to have gotten it right with the crop of players that were recruited in the summer transfer window as about £200 million was spent to reinforce the team.
Frank Lampard has been hailed for turning things around but he has emphasized that his team must remain grounded because they are not any close to their target for the season.
Meanwhile, the West London outfit owner Roman Abramovich is happy with the current state of the team and he is set to splash the cash in subsequent transfer windows.