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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from the club in January after falling down the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
Giroud has played just seven games for Chelsea this season.
Giroud has already admitted he may have to seek a move for more regular football but Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris insists Giroud will only leave Chelsea if a replacement is found.
When asked if Chelsea could understand Giroud seeking a Stamford Bridge exit, Morris said: “Well, he still plays for Chelsea.
“It’s got to be for the benefit of the club. We can’t just let people walk out the door if that means we’re left short somewhere.
“’Yes, you have to look at the individual as well, but I’ve got to say Giroud’s been nothing but a class act and a top professional since he’s been here. So I don’t envisage any issues from him on that front.”