Lampard sends message to striker keen on leaving Chelsea in January

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he might push for a Chelsea exit in the January transfer window.

The 33-year-old striker is currently third choice under Frank Lampard as the Blues boss prefers Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi to the World Cup winner.

France boss Didier Deschamps has put pressure on Giroud to leave Stamford Bridge and get more game time, with Giroud admitting he might be forced to leave Chelsea in January.

Reacting to this ahead of the game with Watford, Lampard has admitted that it’s up to him to select his best team for every game.

“It is difficult for me and it is difficult for them – we both have our jobs so it doesn’t feature in my thinking,” he said of the need for his attackers to impress their international bosses.

“I have care for all the players. I have to pick the squad as I see it for the best of Chelsea as they do for their countries.

“I have got three strikers to pick from and I have to make the choices. Again I can’t complain about any of their attitudes.

“Things will look different and that is where you need professionalism. Between those three I have had it from all of them.

“I would always have a conversation with a player who says they don’t want to play for the football club, whoever they are.

“That is something where I would have a clear and honest conversation with them. We are not at that point yet so it is not one to discuss right now.”

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