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‘If I can stay at Chelsea I will be happy’- Chelsea forward gives hint about his future

Olivier Giroud Eden Hazard Chelsea

The player has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea right now are finding themselves more and more in trouble. The Blues look distant from finishing in top 4 this season. There has been rumors of Maurizio Sarri facing sack in the coming days. The club is yet to find director of football and face a transfer ban of 12 months. Then there’s Eden Hazard who looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge in summer due to all this. All this has come at a time when the contracts of David Luiz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Gary Cahill are close to expiring. With Hudson-Odoi eyeing for a move in Bundesliga, it seems this Chelsea forward wants to stay at Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud has said that he would be happy to stay at Chelsea next season, following his comments last week that he would be willing to step down a level for more playing time. Giroud has played just 30 minutes in the Premier League since the end of the January transfer window in which Gonzalo Higuain arrived. The 32-year-old became France’s third highest goalscorer behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini as he netted his 35th goal in a 4-0 win over Iceland. Olivier Giroud admits the uncertainty at Chelsea is proving a major barrier to sorting out his future. The 32-year-old French striker will be out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer after a frustrating season under Maurizio Sarri. Giroud has been relegated to a bit-part role in the Premier League, starting just six times with 15 sub appearances and scoring a single goal. The forward has been given pitch-time in the Europa League – and responded by rattling in nine goals to stand top scorer in the competition. But the two transfer-window ban on buying players imposed on Chelsea by Fifa – pending an appeal next month – has left Giroud in limbo.

Giroud said: “At the club we still need to wait to see regarding if we will have the opportunity to get some players [in the next transfer windows]. If not the club will be blocked and maybe then they will need me more and to offer me something. I am very happy there, but it all depends on a few things so we will see.” The forward also reflected on what he said about a potential return to France. He said: “The French media have made too much of some comments from me trying to push me into a move to Lyon. I am staying objective, and if I can stay at Chelsea I will be happy – but I need to play more.”

Author’s Take:

If there’s one Chelsea player who’s been showering goals then it is Giroud. Sarri seems to underestimate the linking up quality and aerial abilities the French striker brings up. The former Arsenal striker still has quality that would make him appealing to a number of clubs and if Chelsea wants to finish in top 4 then Giroud must start.

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