Olivier Giroud’s future is up in the air with the Frenchman now in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud has been with Chelsea since 2018 when he made the switch from London rivals Arsenal, and he has proved to be a shrewd signing for around £15million.
But the 34-year-old now faces an exit with his contract set to expire in the summer and having fallen down the pecking order this season.
Giroud has been linked with a January move in recent days, and his agent has also had his say on things, unhappy with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Here’s the latest on the situation.
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Giroud has found his playtime reduced so far this season, which is little surprise given the arrival of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham’s decent form to start the season.
The French veteran has made just three appearances in the Premier League so far, all of which have come from the bench, making a further three appearances across cup competitions, only starting once.
That compares to 25 outings across all competitions last season, which included 18 Premier League appearances and 12 league starts.
Given we are still early in the season, Giroud could still match the level of involvement he had last season, but he faces an uphill task given the form the Blues’ front-line has shown thus far.
And that is what is concerning the 34-year-old, particularly in a year leading up to an international tournament.
According to Fabrizio Romano and The Guardian, Giroud is willing to listen to offers as he seeks a move away from Chelsea in January, months before his contract is set to expire.
The report claims Giroud is unhappy with his playtime, desperate to play a bigger part is he looks to earn a spot in France’s squad for the European Championships in the summer.