Lampard Admits Chelsea Striker Wants To Leave In January

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Chelsea currently have three quality strikers at the club – with Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi all fighting for one position. However, Abraham is Frank Lampard’s first choice at the moment, and the 22-year-old has been impressive with 8 league goals so far.

Giroud has revealed he’s unhappy with his current status at Chelsea as he has only started one Premier League game for the Blues this season, the 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge and wasn’t even included in the squad for the past three matches.

Giroud has admitted that he’d try to fight for a place in the team, and leave in the January transfer window if he doesn’t break into the team as he hinted he might be forced to leave the club as he did while at Arsenal.

“I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea. The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January,” Giroud said following France’s draw with Turkey on Monday.

“If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice… I have some beautiful years in front of me. I’m 33, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle and I feel good physically.

“I want to have fun and want to play more games. Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.”

Lampard understands the 33-year-old’s frustration with his lack of regular game time, and with Giroud linked with a January transfer move to Inter Milan, the Chelsea boss has admitted that Giroud might want a move but he wants him to stay.

“No, [we want him to stay] because at the minute, he is a big part of the squad. As I say, Tammy has been producing but I would sit down with him (Giroud) because I respect him. But no, I want him here,” Lampard told reporters at Stamford Bridge.

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