Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists he wants to keep Olivier Giroud at the club, despite the forward’s admission he could seek a January exit over a lack of playing time.
The France international has started just one of Chelsea‘s opening nine fixtures of the new Premier League season, the 33-year-old restricted to just 101 minutes of action following the emergence of Tammy Abraham as the club’s first-choice forward.
Giroud scored twice for the national side during the international break and has reiterated his desire to secure regular first-team football, with the former Arsenal star admitting he is considering the possibility of a move away from Stamford Bridge during the winter window.
Lampard has praised Giroud’s professionalism but understands his unhappiness over his lack of minutes, admitting he will evaluate the forward’s situation in January but insisting he wants to keep the veteran at the club.
Olivier Giroud has now scored 38 goals for France, Thierry Henry (51) and Michel Platini (41) are the only men with more.
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“I had a good chat with Oli before he went away and I always respect all the players, but particularly the players of that age of low thirties,” Lampard said.
“I love his professionalism. He was bang on when he spoke to me and with his quotes when he was away with France. He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do.
“I think, 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, there hasn’t been the minutes, so I would happily sit down with Oli in January. But that is a long way away. I want him here.”
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