Giroud frustrated by substitute role at Chelsea: “Want to enjoy my football”


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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (32, photo) has averaged a goal every 98 minutes this season. He has played in 38 games this season and yet is still dissatisfied. “I am frustrated when not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” Giroud is quoted as saying by “Sky Sports.”

Giroud plays second fiddle in the Premier League, however, the Frenchman has been the starter in the Europa League. Chelsea will play the semi-final against Slavia Prague on Thursday night. Since Álvaro Morata’s (26, Atlético) departure and the addition of first choice Gonzalo Higuaín (31), Giroud has yet to be the starting striker. “I’m not happy to be the second striker,” said Giroud, whose contract expires in the summer.

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Chelsea, however,has an option to extend his contract for another year. “I want to enjoy my football. It must be decided by the end of the season,” says Giroud, suggesting he would probably like to leave Stamford Bridge after a year and a half.

The Blues however are unable to register new players due to a transfer ban placed on the club, and could thus be desperate to activate the Frenchmen’s year extension. Giroud, too, recently showed “RMC Sport” his understanding about this particular situation: “We will see what the future holds for me, because the club cannot sign any players at the moment.” At the press conference before the Prague return match, however, he also said: “Yes, I have received offers from other clubs, but I can’t tell you yet.”

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It remains unclear whether Juventus’ loan Higuaín will stay beyond the season and which of Chelsea’s numerous own loaned players will return for next season’s squad. The “Loan Army” of pros returning in 2019 include center strikers Michy Batshuayi (25), and Tammy Abraham (21), who are also to be seen as competition for Giroud.

Letting Giroud go on a free transfer seems unlikely, as Chelsea would only have to pull his option to still score a transfer fee on a departure from the Frenchman. Assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has a clear opinion: “Olivier Giroud has been fantastic. It’s not up to me to decide that as I don’t have the power. I hope he stays.”




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