France head coach sends message to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud

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France boss Didier Deschamps has revealed he wasn’t worried during Olivier Giroud’s lack of playing time at Chelsea.

Giroud struggled for game time during the first half of the season and almost left the club in January but has now played in Chelsea’s last four games.

Speaking to L’Équipe following the announcement of France’s latest UEFA Nations League group, Deschamps said: “I am not worried.

“He in any case was not given a choice because his desire was indeed to leave. He had to get back to work, as we say, and he has had the opportunity to have more playing time in the last two matches than in the previous two months.

“But I know him for everything that he has done in the blue shirt, his mental capacity. All players can experience periods where they play little or not at all, that does not take away what they have done or what they can still do.”

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