Chelsea 'willing to let Olivier Giroud leave in January'

Ross Houston
November 24, 2020

Olivier Giroud who plays as a striker for Premier League giants Chelsea has admitted that he is ready to leave the Stamford Bridge landlords due to lack of active playing time.

"I saw those quotes from his agent but they didn't surprise me".

The 22-year-old United States global has not played since aggravating the injury during the warm-up prior to Chelsea's game at Burnley on October 31 and spent the worldwide break at Cobham attempting to step up his recovery. I'll be very surprised if he goes in January, he's going to be needed as a football club. When he doesn't play, he's an incredible support for the other players. "We will cross that January bridge when it comes, but my thought has to be the strength of our squad".

However, Pulisic will now be available for the match with the Premier League leaders at the weekend, though Lampard was determined not to look that far ahead when speaking to reporters on Monday.

"Yeah I'm really pleased with him, he's playing really well at the minute, his all round game off the ball work for the team, link up play is good", Lampard said. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot.

"'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".

"Yeah, I think linking up with Timo will obviously help him, but first and foremost it always has to be the player himself".

"I do have plans to have Oli with us, he's a very important player in our squad, and was a big part of our squad previous year", Lampard said. "We have to try to reach those levels but I'm happy with where we're at right now".

2018 World Cup victor Giroud is desperate to play his part once more for his national team in the summer but may have to seek pastures new in order to retain his place in a glittered French squad.

Chelsea face French side Rennes in the Champions League on Tuesday (Nov 24) with German playmaker Kai Havertz set to return after completing his period of isolation following a positive Covid-19 test earlier this month.

"Christian stays back and doesn't travel but the good news is that he has had some good progression in the last week. But I want him to stay here".

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