Olivier Giroud makes decision about Chelsea FC future

The Chelsea FC striker sheds light on his future plans at Stamford Bridge following Alvaro Morata's revival

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Screen grab

Olivier Giroud has vowed to remain at Chelsea FC and battle with Alvaro Morata for a starting spot in Maurizio Sarri’s team.

The France international was an automatic starter in the second half of the 2017-18 season following his £21m move to Chelsea FC from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Giroud managed to usurp Morata in the Chelsea FC team despite the Spain international arriving in a then club-record £60m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2017.

However, Maurizio Sarri took over the reins from Antonio Conte in the summer and the Chelsea FC manager has helped to improve Morata’s confidence and form.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals in 11 games in the Premier League to help the Blues challenge Manchester City and Liverpool FC in the title race.

Giroud has started four times and have made five substitute appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign, although the Frenchman hasn’t been in Sarri’s XI since a 3-0 win at Southampton at the start of October.

The Chelsea FC striker has been linked with a potential exit in January after falling down the pecking order at the west London side.

But Giroud has broken his silence on his future at Stamford Bridge with the January transfer window fast approaching.

“I came back late from the World Cup. Morata played. In the national team in September, with this goal against the Netherlands, that did me good,” Giroud is quoted as saying by Metro.

“After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played, several matches as a starter. Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well. It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored, and things are going better.

“Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup. Today, I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I relativise a lot of things.

“I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players. I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not count on me to give up.”

The France international has scored six times in 30 games since his move to Chelsea FC from Arsenal at the start of 2018.

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