International manager says he'll talk to £110k-a-week Chelsea man, suggests he needs to leave

Sam Preston November 17, 2020
International manager says he'll talk to £110k-a-week Chelsea man, suggests he needs to leave
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Olivier Giroud has only had 154 minutes of action for Chelsea across all competitions this season.

The arrival of Timo Werner has shunted the Frenchman down the striking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Now his international manager Didier Deschamps has had his say on the situation of the striker, who earns £110,000-a-week, as per Spotrac.

As per the Sun, he says he will be discussing Giroud’s future with him, suggesting he needs to leave Chelsea in order to get the gametime he needs to stay in the French squad.

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“I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team,” said Deschamps. “With Anthony (Martial) who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.

“Compared to Olivier, he has to be affected, first of all with the situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm, it’s hard.

“It’s complicated, we’ll talk, but obviously he has every interest in the situation not lasting, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do.”

Martial isn’t having his best season with Manchester United, but he is currently ahead of Giroud in the France pecking order because he’s playing regularly.

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Giroud has been an outstanding servant to the French national team, and was a key part of their 2018 World Cup win.

His hold-up play allows their array of flying attackers to get into the game, and that is something Deschamps has valued highly in the past.

Giroud, when at his best, is far better than Martial at doing that.

So if he gets regular games, it’s clear the door isn’t closed at international level. But he was in this situation last winter, and ended up staying at Chelsea.

He was able to get enough games ahead of Tammy Abraham last season to re-establish himself, but getting past Werner as well will be a tricky task.

There will be no shortage of clubs looking for a seasoned international hitman if Deschamps’s conversation with him convinces him to leave.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He 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 Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.