Olivier Giroud has been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea after being rarely used by Frank Lampard this season.
The 33-year-old signed a new one-year deal with the club during the previous campaign, being a key reason for them clinching the Europa League.
However, under Lampard the World Cup winner has made just five Premier League appearances, including two starts, and has even been left out of multiple matchday squads.
Lampard has preferred Tammy Abraham as his main striker, with Michy Batshuayi being the one named on the bench through the majority of the campaign.
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The Blues boss is after another striker, with Edinson Cavani having been linked with a switch to west London, and Giroud is keen to leave this month.
But Lampard has explained why the veteran forward has not been part of his matchday squads in recent weeks.
“I think with Oli, it’s clear that in Tammy we’ve had a striker that’s broken through this season and done really well and played a lot of games,” Lampard said.
“So there hasn’t been much opportunity for Oli. Now we get to January and I respect Oli as I’ve said in recent weeks.
“If it’s his intention or it’s right for him to go and play games and it feels right for us as a club, then I think it’s a club and Oli and me situation where I don’t’ want to hold someone here who has that feeling.
“Then there are obviously ways about how I see the game and how I want us to play on and off the ball and all those little decisions I have to make week in, week out so I suppose that’s where we’re at.”
Lampard has stated before that for Giroud to leave the club in January, it has to be right for all the parties involved.
Inter Milan are leading the race for the striker, while Aston Villa have also been linked with a move for Giroud.