Chelsea transfer rumors: Olivier Giroud willing to leave as dressing striker struggles for minutes

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Olivier Giroud says he’ll believe leaving Chelsea in January after finding first team football tough to come by under Frank Lampard this season.

CBS Sports first revealed on November 6 that Giroud used to be considering leaving Stamford Bridge with Inter Milan among those clubs holding an interest in the 2018 World Cup winner. MLS club Inter Miami have also been linked with a January move.

Giroud has made just seven appearances in all competitions this season, starting only one game and playing 36 minutes of Premier League football. This is a sharp contrast to the last weeks of the preceding crusade when the 34-year-old established himself as first choice ahead of Tammy Abraham, scoring eight goals in the last 12 top flight matches.

The arrival of Timo Werner plus Abraham’s own good form – his goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United used to be his third in as many games – has sent Giroud slipping down the pecking order and could force a mid-season switch whether he’s to protected a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad.

“It’s worrying,” he told dressing journal Telefoot. “I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea, but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It’ll have to change, or else I will have to come to a decision.

“I am lucid approximately my situation: I can have to come to a decision in January. I am hoping to take the correct one, as I have all the time done.”

Giroud remains a steady presence in France squads and scored the 43rd and 44th goals of his international career in a 4-2 win over Sweden final week, moving him inside seven of Thierry Henry’s record for Les Bleus. Alternatively head coach Didier Deschamps did warn the Chelsea forward that he would need “rhythm” to keep a steady role in his side.

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