Chelsea striker wants a move away from the London side as he desires more game time.
When Chelsea signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig last year, Olivier Giroud should have figured it out that he would not get much game time after his arrival. The French international had a chance to move away to Serie A but he chose to stay and fight for his spot. His gamble was successful at first and he became a savior for Chelsea last season near the end when he scored seven goals in Tammy Abraham’s absence. This contribution helped the Blues qualify for the UEFA Champions League however, as soon as Werner arrived at the club, the French international was completely sidelined.
Things have gotten so bad that Giroud is actually willing to leave the London side in order to get more game time. The French striker has only played 36 minutes this season and he admits that his situation is getting worrying. The French National team’s manager, Didier Deschamps, has already warned Giroud about his situation. At the moment, the Blues man is the first choice striker for France but he could very well be left out of the Euro 2020 squad if he does not play regular club football. In an interview with RTL, Deschamps said,
Before March he will have to find another situation than this one, He knows what I think, even if I don’t forget everything he has done [for the national team] and everything he would still be able to do.”
Although Giroud signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea last season, he may very well push Frank Lampard for a move away as his dreams of playing in the Euro 2020 will be ruined otherwise. Lampard has praised Giroud’s work ethics and training sessions however, with Tammy Abraham and Werner consistently putting out good performances, it is hard for the Chelsea boss to change the lineup and fit Giroud.
The striker is going to have a final talk with the boss and Lampard should understand the dilemma of the player as he still loves the London club but if he does not get enough playtime, there is no point in him sitting around at Stamford Bridge.
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