Didier Deschamps has reiterated calls for Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea this month with the France head coach saying that the striker is unhappy in West London and has known he needed to leave since October.
The 33-year-old has spoken of his desire to play more and with options limited at Stamford Bridge has requested to leave.
However Frank Lampard will only let the World Cup winner, again an unused substitute in the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, depart if a replacement can be found.
Chelsea retain interest in RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele but deals for both are complicated by their current clubs being desperate to hang on to them with Champions League last 16 ties to come in February and March.
Previously Deschamps said Giroud needed to be playing regular club football to be named in his squad for this summer’s European Championship.
But now Les Bleus ‘ head coach said that it is not Giroud’s fault he is suffering in a situation out of his control.
Speaking to TF1 , Deshcamps said: “I spoke with Olivier during the last international camp [November]. 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.
“It is up to him to decide in order to have the best sporting conditions on a daily basis at club level.”
Asked if Giroud should leave Chelsea, 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 has interest from a couple of clubs in the Premier League