Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January, and the 31-year-old has made an impact since moving to Stamford Bridge.
Giroud was Antonio Conte’s preferred striking choice when he joined last season, with Alvaro Morata struggling for form, and the Frenchman helped Chelsea end the season with the FA Cup.
At some point this season, new boss Maurizio Sarri preferred Giroud to Morata, but Giroud’s lack of goals has ensured Morata take the first choice striking role.
However, Giroud has now revealed that he’s determined to fight for his shirt and that he loves the competition in the club
Speaking to Téléfoot, he said: “I came back late from the World Cup. Morata played. In the national team in September, with this goal against the Netherlands, that did me good. After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played, several matches as a starter. Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well. It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored, and things are going better.”
“Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup. Today, I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I relativise a lot of things. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players. I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not count on me to give up.”