Olivier Giroud is already thinking about life after Chelsea.
The Chelsea forward has fallen down the ranks at Stamford Bridge. While he has been used by Frank Lampard, he is by no means the first choice.
The 32 years old French international, joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal, in a 17 million Euro deal back in 2018. In his 18 months at the Bridge, he has made 67 appearances, scored 19 goals and had 13 assists.
However, while he is still very much up for the challenge of playing at the highest level, he is also thinking ahead.
He certainly thinks this will not be his last contract and still sees a future playing football. It appears that the USA is perhaps a preferred choice.
In an interview with RMC Sport reported by the Daily Mail, he said:
“The MLS for my family, my children who speak English, it’s interesting.”
“In a year? In two years? I do not know when. But of course, after that, I will be open to a final challenge.”
He is still fully committed to the Chelsea cause. However, he has seen himself reduced to a substitute rolls behind the young Tammy Abraham. In the game against Sheffield United, he was an unused sub.
Giroud is a World Cup winner, a player that has represented Les Bleus 91 times and scored 35 goals in the process. He is a favoured son of French national team boss Didier Deschamps.
In his time at Arsenal he made 253 appearances, scoring 105 goals and adding 41 assists.
He is the ideal candidate for the MLS model. It would not be surprising if opportunities are scarce at Stamford Bridge, to see Giroud make the switch across the Atlantic Ocean to the MLS.
David Beckham’s Inter Miami is getting ready for a huge inaugural 2020 season, and are already recruiting. A player of Giroud calibre would surely fit the Beckham mold?