Worried Olivier Giroud ready to leave Chelsea in January

Worried Olivier Giroud ready to leave Chelsea in January unless there is a ‘change’ over his lack of playing time amid interest in veteran striker from David Beckham’s Inter Miami 

  • The 34-year-old striker has failed to start a Premier League game this season
  • Giroud came on as an 87th minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Newcastle
  • He needs to be playing regularly if he wants to make France squad for Euro 2020

Olivier Giroud has admitted his lack of playing time at Chelsea is ‘worrying’, and says he’ll have to make a decision on his future in January unless there is a ‘change’.

The 34-year-old striker has failed to start a Premier League game this season with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham preferred by Blues boss Frank Lampard.

Giroud has scored 29 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions since joining the Blues from Arsenal in January 2018.  

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could be forced to consider a move away in January

He scored twice for France in the 4-2 victory over Sweden on Tuesday.

Giroud told Telefoot: ‘It’s worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It’s going to have to change or a decision must be made.

‘I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done.’

The striker came on as an 87th minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Newcastle

Giroud, who has been linked with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, has been warned by France boss Didier Deschamps he needs to be playing regularly if he wants to make the squad for next summer’s European Championship.

He added: ‘Even if some people talk about my age, I still feel very good physically. I have a lot of desire and freshness, and what makes a career last is also the head.

‘We would like things to be a little easier, but we grow through adversity. And as my buddy [Laurent] Koscielny often says: I am the best when my back is against the wall.’




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