Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in January amid lack of playing time

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The French striker has expressed his dissatisfaction over the lack of playing time with the Blues.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly looking for an exit in the January transfer window after he has been frozen out of Frank Lampard’s starting 11 this season.

The 34-year-old has stated his concerns on his lack of playing time with the Blues, with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham up in the pecking order of Lampard.

Following his excellent display against Sweden during the international break in which he bagged a brace, Giroud has stated that he would consider his future with the Blues if the current situation persists.

“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.”

The former Arsenal star was crucial to Chelsea finishing fourth in the Premier League table as he bagged a handful of goals post the pandemic break.

France national team manager Didier Deschamps had earlier stated that Giroud has to find a new destination where he can enjoy regular football to keep up his spot for next year’s Euros.

‘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.’

Giroud has been linked with a move to MLS club Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham.