Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants Olivier Giroud to stay at Stamford Bridge but will sit down to discuss his future in January.
Olivier Giroud made the decision to switch Arsenal for Chelsea back in the winter of 2018.
He has never really been much more than a bit-part player for the Blues and is growing frustrated, to say the least.
With Chelseas transfer ban, it was this season he would see a lot more game time, but nobody accounted for the breakout season Tammy Abraham has been having.
While Lampard, understands Giroud’s discontent, he still considers him a key part of the squad and insists he will need him this season.
In an interview reported by goal.com, Lampard is adamant he wants the Frenchman to stay.
“No, [we want him to stay] because at the minute, he is a big part of the squad.”
“As I say, Tammy has been producing but I would sit down with him (Giroud) because I respect him.”
“But no, I want him here.”
He has already had a conversation with Giroud and has nothing but admiration for the player.
“I have had a good chat with Oli before he went away.”
“I always respect all the players, particularly of his age. I was in that sort of low-30s age. I love his professionalism.”
“He was bang on when he spoke to me. He was bang on with his quotes when he was away with France.”
“He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do.”
Lampard insist Giroud will get opportunities but will discuss his future with him in January when the next transfer window opens.
“As I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us.”
“At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing at the moment, there haven’t been as many minutes.”
“So, that will be something I will sit down happily with Oli in January but January is quite a long way away.”
Nobody can deny Abraham has been a revelation so far this season, and even the academy prodigy has nothing but positive words about Giroud’s influence on him.
“I look at Oli like an older brother.”
“I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him.”
“He’s always supporting me.”
Giroud obviously still has a lot to offer and there will be no shortage of takers if and when he decides to call time on his Stamford Bridge career.