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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has made just three Premier League appearances this term for the Blues, including only one start, and is currently behind in-form Tammy Abraham and even Michy Batshuayi.
The 33-year-old remains an important player for the France national team and has been advised by French boss Didier Deschamps to leave Chelsea for more first team football.
However, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed the professionalism and attitude of Giroud and insists he won’t let the experienced striker leave the club.
Lampard’s plan is to hold a conversation with Giroud and try to convince him to remain at the club.
Lampard told reporters: “I have had a good chat with Oli before he went away. I always respect all the players, particularly of his age. I was in that sort of low-30s age. I love his professionalism. He was bang on when he spoke to me. He was bang on with his quotes when he was away with France.
“He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do. As I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us. At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing at the moment, there haven’t been as many minutes.
“So, that will be something I will sit down happily with Oli in January but January is quite a long way away.”