Giroud fully focused on Chelsea but wants to play more
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said he’s 100% focused on Chelsea and has sent a plea to boss Frank Lampard to give him more game time. The 33-year-old France international made his first appearance for Chelsea since November when he came off the bench in the 2 nil Premier League loss against Manchester United on Monday night.
He even scored only for the goal to be chalked off for offside by VAR. Giroud was close to a departure from Chelsea last month as Lampard reportedly gave him permission to leave if the Blues received a worthwhile offer for his services.
However, he remained at Stamford Bridge after they failed to sign a replacement striker amid interests from Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.
The French man insists he has put the disappointment behind him and is determined to play more games for the remainder of the season to boost his chances of representing France in Euro 2020. He might get his wish as first-choice forward Tammy Abraham is on the sidelines leaving Michy Batshuayi who failed to take his chances on the night against the Red Devils.
Chelsea have won just 1 out of their last 6 Premier League games and Giroud made it clear that he can solve Lampard’s striker crisis if given a chance.
“I am a Chelsea player,” Giroud told talkSPORT after the defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“Now I need to move on, move forward. I want to give everything for the team and obviously my personal target is to play as much as I can to play at the Euros for my country. It is massive for me.
“Now I am 100 per cent focused on Chelsea’s targets.
“I want to keep fighting, come back on the scoresheet and the teamsheets and every single game is a big opportunity for me to show my desire to come back in the game.”