Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have to give Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud more minuted or risk losing the striker in January after his latest comments.
34 year old Olivier Giroud has failed to start a Premier League game this season and has admitted his lack of playing time at Chelsea is ‘worrying’.
Giroud came on as an 87th minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Newcastle and has warned he’ll have to make a decision on his future in January unless there is a ‘change’.
Giroud told Telefoot: “It’s worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It’s going to have to change or a decision must be made.
“I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done.”
He added: “Even if some people talk about my age, I still feel very good physically. I have a lot of desire and freshness, and what makes a career last is also the head.
“We would like things to be a little easier, but we grow through adversity. And as my buddy [Laurent] Koscielny often says: I am the best when my back is against the wall.”
Meanwhile, Giroud has been warned by France boss Didier Deschamps he needs to be playing regularly if he wants to make the squad for next summer’s European Championship.
Deschamps said: “Olivier Giroud knows it – the situation he’s in today cannot drag on forever. Before March he will have to find another situation than this one.
“I never give advice, I give an opinion. At the end of the day, it’s the player’s decision. He has had situations that have sometimes been complicated to deal with.
“Today, it is not good for him. Will it stay the same or will it improve? It’s up to him. He knows what I think, even if I don’t forget everything he has done and everything he would still be able to do.”