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Transfer news: Olivier Giroud warns Chelsea he will quit in January if he is not given more minutes

Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea that he will leave in the January transfer window if he’s not given more minutes in the coming months.

The Frenchman has fallen behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order under Frank Lampard and has featured just five times for the Blues this season.

The 33-year-old recently declared that he ‘doesn’t accept’ his back-up role at the club and could leave the Blues just like he did with Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea that he will leave in January if he's not given more minutes

Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea that he will leave in January if he’s not given more minutes 

Giroud, who also struggled to command a regular starting berth last season, is determined to fight for a place in the side but admitted he will assess his situation once the window reopens in the new year. 

Giroud said: ‘I’m going to fight for my place at Chelsea and we will take stock of the situation in January.

‘If you ask me whether I want to leave I’ll say ‘not necessarily’ – but other things enter the equation. I cannot be happy with what I have at the moment. I am 33 but I still have several good years left in me.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opted for Tammy Abraham over Giroud as his main striker

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opted for Tammy Abraham over Giroud as his main striker

‘I still have the legs and a profile that I think will enable me to keep playing at the top level. I feel in good shape physically and I lead a healthy lifestyle. I want to enjoy myself and play matches.

‘That could be for Chelsea – who are my first choice – or elsewhere. But if they force me to make a decision I will do it – just like when I left Arsenal.’

According to The Sun, Inter Milan are keeping tabs on the World Cup winner’s situation and Antonio Conte may offer him a route out of west London should his situation not improve.

France boss Didier Deschamps is also keen to see Giroud get more minutes for his club and hinted he may have to ply his trade elsewhere. 

France boss Didier Deschamps is also keen to see Giroud get more minutes for his club

France boss Didier Deschamps is also keen to see Giroud get more minutes for his club

‘You know, Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move,’ Deschamps told a press conference.

‘After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.

‘But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.

‘He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.’

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7575125/Transfer-news-Olivier-Giroud-warns-Chelsea-quit-January-not-given-minutes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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