Didier Deschamps urges Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea as France boss admits


‘He is not happy at this moment. He knows very well he cannot be content with so little time’: Didier Deschamps urges Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea as France boss admits striker is ‘suffering’ with current situation

  • Olivier Giroud remains an important part of Didier Deschamps’ France side 
  • But he admits it is becoming difficult to pick Giroud due to his lack of games
  • Giroud has made just six appearances for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea this season
  • The 33-year-old striker is France’s third-highest goal scorer of all time 

France boss Didier Deschamps has strongly advised Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea this month given his lack of game time at the club.

The 33-year-old remains an important part of Deschamps’ plans for France ahead of the European Championships later this year after helping his nation win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite not managing to score a single goal.

But Giroud has rarely featured in Frank Lampard‘s plans for the Blues this season, making just six apppearances totalling 209 minutes across all competitions, a return that Deschamps deems insufficient for the country’s third-highest goal scorer of all-time.

Didier Deschamps has urged Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in the Jnuary transfer window

Didier Deschamps has urged Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in the Jnuary transfer window

Giroud has made just six appearances this season and has yet to score in the league

Giroud has made just six appearances this season and has yet to score in the league

‘I spoke with Olivier during the last international camp [in November],’ Deschamps told French TV station TF1’s Telefoot show

‘Even during the one before, he already knew what is best for him.

‘Olivier is not happy at this moment, based on the little playing time he is getting. It is not his fault; he is suffering through the situation.

And Deschamps has admitted the lack of game time for Giroud currently is of huge concern

And Deschamps has admitted the lack of game time for Giroud currently is of huge concern

‘It is up to him to decide in order to have the best sporting conditions on a daily basis at club level.’

When asked if Giroud should seek an exit from Stamford Bridge, Deschamps added: ‘I think yes. He knows very well he cannot be content with so little time. That is not even speaking about France, that is just on him.

‘It is up to him to see which destination he prefers or chooses.’

Giroud is France's third-highest goal scorer of all-time behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini

Giroud is France’s third-highest goal scorer of all-time behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini

After scoring one of the goals in last season’s Europa League final victory against former club Arsenal, Giroud has started just two Premier League games this season without managing a goal or assist.

He has therefore played more minutes for France in Euro 2020 qualifiers than he has for the Blues since the start of the current campaign, scoring four times in six outings for his country.

Giroud joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January 2018 in a striker merry-go-round that saw Michy Batshuayi join Borussia Dortmund on loan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang complete a move to Arsenal. 

Giroud joined Chelsea in January two years ago but could now seek to leave Stamford Bridge

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