Giroud says he wants to stay at Chelsea... but only on one condition

Sam Preston December 4, 2020
Giroud says he wants to stay at Chelsea... but only on one condition
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France striker Olivier Giroud says he wants to remain at Chelsea beyond the transfer window.

But as per the Telegraph, he will only stay if his gametime increases between now and then.

Giroud said he will take the decision on his future next month and it will be influenced by his desire to get into France’s European Championship squad.

That means he has to be playing regularly enough to stay fit and show Didier Deschamps what he can do.

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“Obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch,” said Giroud. “I hope I am going to have more opportunities again because I think I have shown him that I am ready to fight for the team.

“If I play more than in the beginning of the season, I think I have a good chance to be fit and ready for the Euros.

“But I am pretty sure that I can grab some more game-time and stay at Chelsea because that is what I want. I want to win trophies with Chelsea. Basically, that is it.

“Obviously I would like to play more, but the best answer when you are not playing much is not being sad or not being in a good mood – it’s always being positive. I try to do that every single day.”

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Giroud has provided a timely reminder of what he can offer Frank Lampard in the Champions League lately.

He did miss a late chance against Tottenham on Sunday, which would have made it an even more perfect run of form.

It’s no surprise he wants to play more, because Didier Deschamps has a host of talent to choose from with France and he doesn’t need to rely on players who aren’t playing regularly.

With games coming thick and fast, and Timo Werner able to play out wide, Lampard should be able to give all three of his strikers enough gametime.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.