‘Olivier Giroud may have to move… his situation at Chelsea hasn’t changed in two months’: France manager Didier Deschamps says striker should consider January transfer if he wants to be part of Euro 2020 squad
- France boss Didier Deschamps has suggested Olivier Giroud leave Chelsea
- Giroud has been frustrated in blue, left stuck as second or third choice striker
- Frank Lampard favours both Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi over him
- Giroud has remained a France regular but that may change if he stays sidelined
Giroud started up-front in every game except the tournament opener as Deschamps guided France to World Cup glory in 2018, and he has continued to be the favoured striker in qualifying for the 2020 European championships.
It has been a different story at Chelsea – the 33-year-old he struggling to convince Antonio Conte, Mauricio Sarri and Frank Lampard in his three seasons in blue – starting just 15 Premier League games and coming on as a substitute 30 times.
Olivier Giroud has been urged to leave Chelsea by France boss Didier Deschamps
Deschamps favours Giroud up-front but the striker’s lack of game time could threaten his spot
Frank Lampard has given Giroud only 208 minutes this season, only starting twice
This season things have got worse for the Frenchman, with Lampard granting him only 208 minutes so far – putting his France future in danger.
‘Giroud, like others, may have to move,’ Deschamps said. ‘His situation at Chelsea hasn’t changed in two months.
‘It would be better for him, of course, to go to a club where he would get more playing time. If he can’t get it at Chelsea, the idea is to get it elsewhere.
Giroud had 97 appearances and 39 goals for France and lifted the World Cup in 2018
‘It’s his decision. I don’t know what offers he has, where it might be possible for him to get more playing time.
‘We saw each other not so long ago. As with every player, he’s the one who decides. But keep in mind that it’s the daily life of players with their clubs that leads to France selection. He knows it. It’s up to him to decide the best solution for himself.’
Giroud has 39 goals in 97 appearances for his national team, and should he find first-team minutes again, is expected to be Deschamps’ go-to man at Euro 2020.
Inter Milan are reportedly leading the charge to sign him, though both Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez would likely be ahead of him in the pecking order.