Olivier Giroud has admitted he may depart Chelsea in January in quest of first-team soccer.
Giroud was strongly linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge final season with the Blues surprisingly triggering a one-year extension in his contract in Could.
After struggling for soccer for a while beneath Frank Lampard, the Frenchman went on to function closely in the course of the latter phases of the 2019/2020 marketing campaign. He performed an element in every of Chelsea’s 13 Premier League after the restart, scoring eight objectives to assist his facet safe a top-four end.
Regardless of this, Giroud has discovered minutes arduous to return by because the arrival of Timo Werner in the summertime, along with his agent describing his remedy as ‘unfair‘. The striker has been restricted to seven appearances – all of which have come from the bench.
In a current interview, the 34-year-old admitted that he could also be compelled to go away Chelsea in January with a purpose to guarantee he’s chosen in France’s squad for the Euros in the summertime.
“I believed initially of the season that I may nonetheless assist the group (Chelsea) however my taking part in time is lowered so much,” he informed L’Equipe just lately.
“It is worrying as a result of I felt that I nonetheless had a job to play on this group, particularly after having had a great finish of the season and having contributed to qualification within the Champions League.
“I’m lucid about my state of affairs. I do know what it’s, now we have mentioned it once more. I must decide in January.”
It stays to be seen whether or not Giroud’s predicament will truly have an effect on his choice for France, which it hasn’t up to now with the large striker nonetheless that includes prominently for Didier Deschamps’ facet in current months. Nonetheless, the nationwide group boss did say just lately that Giroud needs more minutes ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020.
Lazio got here near signing Giroud on a free switch within the spring however in most up-to-date instances several other clubs have been linked with France’s second all-time file goalscorer. Ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is claimed to need to convey him to Inter whereas West Ham and Napoli are additionally .