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Olivier Giroud has admitted he is frustrated at Chelsea due to his lack of playing time under Maurizio Sarri this season.

The France international hasn’t started a Premier League for Chelsea since January with Sarri preferring Gonzalo Higuain and opting to use Giroud in Europa League games.

Giroud’s Chelsea contract will expire at the end of the season and the 32-year-old has hinted he could leave Chelsea in search of regular playing time.

Speaking to RTL, Giroud said: “Of course it is frustrating.

“Today, I feel like there is no competition since January. It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.

“The future could be lively this summer. I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

Meanwhile, following Chelsea’s 5-0 Europa League thrashing of Dynamo Kiev, Giroud  rejected the idea of being a second choice striker, insisting that he still has what it takes to play at the top level.

Giroud said: “No chance [I will deputise for another striker]. I’m a competitor. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I want to enjoy playing my football after winning the World Cup last summer.

“I want to take maximum pleasure on the pitch. That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can. I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team. The manager makes some choices.”

Giroud is the Europa League’s highest goal scorer.

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