Olivier Giroud told to seek Chelsea exit amid Newcastle and Inter Milan transfer interest

Olivier Giroud has been told leaving Chelsea would be ‘best for him’ by national team boss Didier Deschamps.

The Frenchman has barely had a kick since Frank Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri as Blues boss, with Giroud limited to just two Premier League appearances so far this season.

As a result, Giroud has actually been on the pitch more often for France than Chelsea, with the 33-year-old making six appearances for his country and netting four times.

Deschamps has previously been outspoken in his desire for the striker to feature more often at club level but the 51-year-old now seems resigned to the fact that Giroud is not a part of Lampard’s plans, urging him to move on in January.

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“I spoke with Olivier during the last international camp [in November],” Deschamps told French TV channel TF1’s Telefoot show .

“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.

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“It is up to him to decide in order to have the best sporting conditions on a daily basis at club level.”

When asked whether Giroud should leave Chelsea, Deschamps responded: “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.”

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