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Olivier Giroud had just 20 minutes to prove himself against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and the 33-year-old showed that he’s still a quality striker as he was a big influence after coming on for Michy Batshuayi.
Giroud’s impact on the game was immediate and unfortunately had a goal ruled out for offside by the tiniest of margins.
Giroud was expected to leave the club in the January transfer window, but a move never materialised, and he has now sent a message to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he is ready to give his all for the club between now and the end of the season.
Giroud said: “I am a Chelsea player. Now I need to move on.
“I want to give everything for the team. My personal target is to play as much as I can so I can play in the Euros. That is massive for me.
“Now I am 100 per cent focused on Chelsea and their targets – I want to keep fighting and get back on the score sheet. Every single game is a big opportunity for me to show my desire to come back.”
Giroud had gone two months without action and has only had three starts this season, but he admitted that he feels good to be back in action.
He said: “After two months without playing I felt very good, with a lot of energy and determination, and I scored a nice goal from a nice cross.
“I tried to stay behind the defender but I was offside by about half a foot. That is very frustrating because it could have changed the game.”