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Chelsea have been having striker issues since Antonio Conte’s decision to sell former striker Diego Costa, with Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata and now Gonzalo Higuain failing to do well on a consistent basis at the club.
However, Giroud has been Chelsea’s best striker out of the trio and has been in excellent form in the Europa League this season, scoring 10 goals. However, he’s approaching the end of his contract with the club and the 32-year-old seems unhappy with his second-choice striker role under Maurizio Sarri.
Giroud’s contract at Chelsea expires in the summer, but the club has an option to extend it by another year, and with Chelsea facing a transfer ban, Maurizio Sarri insists that Giroud will remain at the club.
Sarri made it clear Giroud is going to stay put in west London, as he said per Sky Sports News (h/t Alice Piper of Sky Sports): “He is sure, because the club has an option for another year, another season.
“I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option. So, he will remain.”
Giroud admitted his frustration with his current Chelsea role as he has scored only twice in the Premier League in 2018-19, and only seven of his 24 appearances in the English top flight this term have been from the start.
The Frenchman warned he could quit the club at the end of the season if he does not get more first team opportunities.
“Trust me, I’m very frustrated when I’m not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” Giroud added.
“When you are a competitor, when you’ve been through difficulties all through your career, you need to keep that frustration inside you and transform it into positive energy on the pitch. That’s why I said, next year, I will need to have a more important role to play in the team.
“I have to meet Marina Granovskaia (club director). They must talk to me before the end of the season. With what I’ve achieved here, there is no reason they won’t give me one more year. But I need to be happy, also.”