Chelsea player reveals he wants to leave in January

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he will leave Chelsea in January.

The 33-year-old forward has found playing time hard to come by under Frank Lampard and wants to leave in search of more playing time to increase his chances of being part of the French squad for Euro 2020.

Tammy Abraham is leading the line under Frank Lampard, with Michy Batshuayi as second choice striker.

“It will be difficult to stay at Chelsea,” Giroud told Le Dauphine Libere.

“I’m going to have a chat with the coach. Chances are, there will be a change because I don’t have enough time to express myself on the pitch.

“For the moment, I am a Chelsea player. I still have some games to play here before the transfer window opens [on January 1].

“Then we will sit around a table and find the best decision for me. France is one of the possible solutions.”

Despite his lack of game time for Chelsea this season, Giroud has featured regularly for France but his lack of playing time for Chelsea has left him open to criticism.

“There will always be critics,” Giroud admitted.

“This is mainly due to the fact that I am getting less playing time at club level. There is a big expectation around me with the national team.

“[Euro 2020 is] a priority. It may me one of my last challenges in blue.

“I have my sights set on the Euros. I am focused on this goal and I will do everything I can to get there.”

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