Olivier Giroud insists he wants to stay at Chelsea and ‘win trophies’ with the forward confident of an increase in game time ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
Giroud has endured a frustrating start to the season and has found himself on the periphery of Frank Lampard’s squad, a wealth of summer signings having pushed the France international down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The 34-year-old provided a timely reminder of his quality with a sensational display against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, scoring all four goals as Chelsea booked their progress as group winners with an emphatic 4-0 victory.
Giroud admits he is keen to secure more regular minutes in the coming weeks, though is confident he has done enough to earn an opportunity to further stake his claim for a starting spot.
“I just have to show the manager that I am ready to fight until the end, as I told him at the beginning of the season, but obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch,” Giroud said, as per the official Chelsea website.
“The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play and I hope I will have more opportunities again because I think I’ve shown him that I am ready to fight for the team. We all want to be on the pitch but we have a great squad.”
Giroud is desperate to secure regular football as he bids to maintain his place in the France squad ahead of Euro 2021, with Les Bleus’ boss Didier Deschamps having admitted during November’s international break that the veteran would have ‘to find another situation’ should his fortunes fail to improve.
However, Giroud has reiterated his desire to remain with the west London side and win trophies, with the star confident he can force his way into the Chelsea side and remain a key figure for France.
“If I play a bit more than in the beginning of the season, I have a good chance to be fit and ready for the Euros,’ he added.
“I had a conversation with Deschamps and he said if the situation stayed like that, I will have to take a decision in January. I am pretty sure I can get some more game time and stay at Chelsea because that is what I want. I want to win trophies with Chelsea so basically, that’s it.
“You never know in football, everything is going very fast, but right now I am very happy. I am a happy man and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.”
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