Olivier Giroud has suggested that his future lies away from Chelsea following the Blues capture of Gonzalo Higuain.
Chelsea confirmed Higuain’s arrival late on Wednesday evening in a deal which sees him reunited with Maurizio Sarri, having enjoyed a fine season working with the Italian during their time together at Napoli, with his form earning him his £75m move to Juventus.
He is likely to be installed as the main striker for the rest of the season, offering former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud even less game time than before, with the 32-year-old World Cup winner having started just six Premier League games this season.
Before Higuain’s arrival at Stamford Bridge was confirmed, the Frenchman was interviewed by reporters back in his homeland, where he admitted that he is growing frustrated at the club.
“I will never make people unanimously satisfied with me,” Giroud admitted in an interview with Canal.
“There is a little part of regret and frustration. The public expects a goalscorer to score goals. I’m the fourth best goalscorer of French football and nobody can take that away from me.”
Despite the struggles of Atletico Madrid bound Alvaro Morata in front of goal this season, Maurizio Sarri has turned to Eden Hazard rather than Giroud to lead the line, despite the Belgian previously admitting that it isn’t his favoured position, and Giroud has said that the arrival of Higuain will further ‘darken’ his future at Stamford Bridge.
“The coach makes Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers,” Giroud added. “But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.
“If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.
“I’ve never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.”
Higuain made his Chelsea debut in the Blues 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday evening.