France manager Didier Deschamps has revealed that Olivier Giroud wants more game time at Chelsea.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has preferred to use January signing Gonzalo Higuain in the Premier League and Giroud in the Europa League but Deschamps revealed after the striker scored in France’s 4-1 win over Moldova that Giroud would like to play more for Chelsea.
Giroud has started just six games for Chelsea in the Premier League but has made 15 appearances from the bench. He is the Europa League’s highest goalscorer with nine goals from nine games.
“Giroud is there, he scores goals. He does so too with his club,” Deschamps said.
“He’d like to play more and when he plays in the Europa League, he also scores goals. In a match like tonight’s, against a low-ranked opponent, his presence as a pivot is very useful.
“He’s quite complementary with the other players because of his role that is different and this allows our team to have a varied offensive play.”
Meanwhile, Giroud has admitted he is frustrated at Chelsea due to his lack of playing time under Maurizio Sarri this season.
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.”