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Giroud ‘motivated’ to challenge Werner at Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud is not threatened by Timo Werner’s arrival at Chelsea and reveals he anticipated the club would sign a competitor for him.

Chelsea secured the services of the coveted Timo Werner from RB Leipzig last month for a fee believed to be in the region of €53 million.

Werner, who found the back of the net 95 times in 159 appearances throughout his stint at Leipzig, is expected to be Frank Lampard’s first-choice striker the next season.

This has put the positions of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud under threat. Both the strikers enjoyed a good season, with the former scoring 15 goals and the latter 10.

Giroud is aware that it is likely that his playing time will reduce from now on, but he plans on giving Lampard ‘selection headaches’.

Giroud said speaking to L’Equipe: “I’m not naive. Werner hasn’t been recruited to sit on the bench.

“But I will do everything I can to give headaches to the coach when it comes to making his choice. Werner’s transfer is an additional motivation and it was inevitable that the club recruits a striker.

“Chelsea is a great club, that spends money to strengthen the squad, and I was expecting someone to come.”