Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is an important member of the squad amid reports the French striker has asked to leave the club in January.
Lampard told reporters: “Oli is a very important member of our squad. He played a lot of games last year, he will always want to play more, and he is a huge member of the squad for me. I know he will be important for us going forward so I want Oli to be here and to stay.
“I have a very good relationship with Oli and if ever he felt it was going to go a different way I would happily have that conversation with him. But I want him to stay here.
“There is competition in the forward areas at Chelsea. Everyone has to take that one. I saw Oli’s agent’s quotes and I thought nothing of them. Oli and I have very open conversations.
“He wants to play. When he doesn’t play he is an incredible support for the other players. He trains brilliantly no matter what. We will cross that January bridge when it comes, but my thought has to be the strength of our squad.”
Meanwhile, Giroud recently revealed his situation at Chelsea has left him worried ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
The striker told Telefoot while on international duty: “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.”