Olivier Giroud expects to miss out on his move away from Chelsea after the Blues bid to find a new striker stalled in the final hours of the transfer window.
Giroud, who is out of contract at the end of the season, wants to leave Chelsea for a club where he can get more regular first-team football as he battles to earn a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad.
The 33-year-old has attracted interest from Inter Milan, Lazio and Tottenham among others. However Chelsea insist that without a replacement they will not be able to let Giroud leave.
Moves for Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani seem unlikely to reach fruition, leaving Giroud stuck in the lurch even though he expects to play a minimal role in the final weeks of the season.
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football.london understands Giroud trained as normal with Chelsea today, and sources close to the former Arsenal striker have indicated his frustration at his avenue away from the club being blocked, despite him having featured on just seven occasions this season.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has insisted throughout that the 33-year-old would only be allowed to leave if a replacement was found.
“If the conditions are that it’s something Oli really wants to do and it works for the club and it works for me and the squad then it’s something that could happen. But only when all three of those bases are covered.”
Blues assistant manager Jody Morris also praised the striker’s professionalism, despite his desire to leave.
“He still plays for Chelsea. It has got to be for the benefit of the club,” he said.
“We can’t just let people walk out the door of the club if that means we’re left short somewhere. Sometimes you have to look at the individual as well and if it is beneficial for them to be here or be happy.
“I’ve got to say Giroud has been nothing but a class act and…