Concerned Olivier Giroud ready to leave Chelsea in January unless there comes a ‘change’ in his lack of playing time amid interest in David Beckham’s experienced Inter Miami striker
- The 34-year-old striker has failed to start a Premier League match this season
- Giroud came on as a substitute in the 87th minute in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle
- He has to play regularly if he wants to make the French squad for Euro 2020
Olivier Giroud has admitted his lack of playing time at Chelsea is ‘worrying’, saying he will have to make a decision about his future in January unless there is a ‘change’.
The 34-year-old has failed to start a Premier League game this season with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham preferred by Blues boss Frank Lampard.
Giroud has scored 29 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions since joining the Arsenal Blues in January 2018.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could be forced to leave in January
He scored twice for France on Tuesday in the 4-2 win over Sweden.
Giroud told Telefoot: ‘It’s alarming. I thought I still had a part to play at Chelsea, but my playing time is getting much shorter. It will have to change or a decision has to be made.
‘I am clear about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I always have. ‘
The forward stood out as an 87th minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle
Giroud, who has been linked with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, has been warned by French boss Didier Deschamps that he will have to play regularly if he wants to make the selection for next summer’s European Championship.
He added: “Even when some people talk about my age, I still feel very good physically. I have a lot of desire and freshness, and what makes a career last is also the head.
‘We would like it to be easier, but we grow through adversity. And as my buddy [Laurent] Koscielny often says: I am the best when my back is against the wall. ‘