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Olivier Giroud might leave Chelsea

COBHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks on during a Chelsea Press Conference at Stamford Bridge on April 17, 2019 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
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The France national team footballer wants more first-team opportunities if he is to stay in English Premier League club Chelsea.

France international Olivier Giroud is not happy right now with English Premier League side Chelsea.

The footballer wants more first-team opportunities if he is to stay at the club beyond the summer transfer window.

“Trust me, I’m not happy to play the second role,” he said to The Telegraph.

“That’s why I said, next year, I will need to have a more important role to play in the team.”

“I have to meet Marina [Granovskaia], but I’m happy to be here. The thing is I just want to enjoy. It’s not because I’m 32 and I’ve won the World Cup because I don’t want to retire. I’m not satisfied as the second choice,” he added.

“With what I’ve achieved here, there is no reason they won’t give me one more year. But I need to be happy, also.”

He explained: “The most important thing for me is to enjoy the game, be happy on the pitch and to have more minutes. I’m a competitor so yes, obviously [I want assurances]… I don’t want to talk about that. That’s not the point. But I really want to play more.”

“He’s such an unbelievable player,” assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said of the Belgian. “The more I’ve spent time with him, the more I appreciate him as a player and a boy. He’s been great.”

“I’d love to have him for longer. I believe the type of play we are trying to implement, it perfectly suits him. It’s no coincidence he’s having his best season. He’s maturing and becoming more efficient on the pitch but, certainly, the way we play helps him a lot,” he concluded.