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Olivier Giroud Transfer News - Chelsea striker unhappy over playing time

French World Cup winner issues warning to Chelsea
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Olivier Giroud is unhappy with his playing time at Chelsea (Getty Images)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea he will quit the Premier League club in January if he is not given more playing time. The French forward appears second in the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud has featured just five times under Frank Lampard at Chelsea this season and said "If they force me to make a decision, I will do it – just like when I left Arsenal.

I'm going to fight for my place at Chelsea and we will take stock of the situation in January. I cannot be happy with what I have at the moment. I am 33 but I still have several good years left in me. I want to enjoy myself and play matches."

Italian club Inter Milan are apparently interested in a January move for the 33-year-old. Giroud struggled to secure a regular starting spot last season but scored 11 goals in Chelsea's successful UEFA Europa League campaign.

Olivier Giroud was an integral player for France as they won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He also scored in France's recent UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying matches against Iceland and Turkey. 

France head coach Didier Deschamps weighed in on Giroud's future, saying "Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move. After it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.

'But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well. He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds."

Who is Olivier Giroud?

Olivier Giroud is a French professional football player.

When was Olivier Giroud born?

Olivier Giroud was born on 30 September 1986 in Chambéry, France.

What clubs has Olivier Giroud played for?

Olivier Giroud has played professionally for Grenoble, FC Istres, Tours FC, Montpellier, Arsenal and Chelsea

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