Olivier Giroud is confident over his position at Chelsea.
The France striker has spoken out after the club brought in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, and stated that he isn’t worried about his future because of his new relationship with Frank Lampard.
The 33-year-old wanted to move to Italy in January due to a lack of game time but was forced to stay at Stamford Bridge to offer his manager a different option to Tammy Abraham up front.
That alternate option has given the former Arsenal man a newfound confidence ahead of the new season, which means he is not concerned by the arrival of agile forward Werner.
Olivier Giroud is currently on international duty with France
He said while on international duty: “In every big club, there’s competition, and it always motivated me to fight for my spot.
“Now, I’m not naive and I know that the club bought Werner to put him on the pitch. One thing’s for sure, we don’t have the same profile, he likes to go on the sides, he did it with his club and his national team.
“If it was a striker with a similar profile, I would have been more worried, but I think with the different games and the different teams we’ll play.
“The coach will choose different tactical systems and I really hope I’ll play, following what I did last year.”
Timo Werner needed just four minutes to get off the mark for Chelsea in their draw against Brighton
Giroud went on to explain how the relationship between himself and Lampard has grown since the latter took over as manager last summer, and why he is feeling determined ahead of the new season.
“My relationship with the coach has changed, clearly,” Giroud continued.
“When we were looking to find a solution for me leaving, I started to know him better.
“We had a few one-on-ones and I think he started to know me better as well, so it was positive.