France manager Didier Deschamps has urged Olivier Giroud to find ‘another solution’ in a bid to bolster his European Championship hopes amid a lack of first-team football at Chelsea.
Giroud has struggled for opportunities of late and has failed to start a single Premier League fixture for the west London side so far this season, the summer signing of Timo Werner and presence of Tammy Abraham having pushed the veteran down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his peripheral status at Chelsea, Giroud remains a key figure for France and recently celebrated two milestone moments for the national side, reaching over a century of caps and becoming Les Blues second all-time leading scorer behind only Thierry Henry.
Giroud is currently with the France squad preparing for tomorrow’s Nations League clash against Sweden, where he will be hoping to be involved after losing his place to Anthony Martial for the weekend win over Portugal.
Deschamps admits that the 34-year-old’s lack of football is a huge concern for his hopes of featuring for the world champions next summer, however, and has suggested Giroud should look for a winter window move in a bid to boost his international prospects.
“Olivier Giroud knows it – the situation he’s in today cannot drag on forever. Before March he will have to find another situation than this one,” Deschamps told French radio station RTL.
“I never give advice, I give an opinion. At the end of the day, it’s the player’s decision. He has had situations that have sometimes been complicated to deal with.
“Today, it is not good for him. Will it stay the same or will it improve? It’s up to him. He knows what I think, even if I don’t forget everything he has done and everything he would still be able to do.”