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Olivier Giroud hints at Chelsea exit ahead of next year’s Euros

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has hinted he could depart the Blues in the January transfer window as the French international eyes a role in his country’s squad in time for next year’s Euros.

Giroud, 34, joined Chelsea from rivals Arsenal in 2018 in a transfer which cost the Blues £15.3m, as per Transfermarkt.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge two-years ago, Giroud has featured in 95 matches in all competitions and has been directly involved in 43 goals.

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However, after a spell which has seen the Frenchman lift both the FA Cup and the Europa League, he could be set for a January departure as he eyes a place in France’s international squad in time for the Euros.

Giroud has a superb international record and was part of the France team who lifted the illustrious FIFA World Cup in 2018.

However, after recently falling out-of-favour with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, Giroud has publicly acknowledged that he may need to ply his trade elsewhere.

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Lampard, who recruited heavily during the summer brought in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to add additional firepower to his front-line which has left Giroud playing nothing but a bench-warming role.

Speaking about his Chelsea future to French broadcasters Telefoot, the 34-year-old said: “I am lucid about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to take the right one, as I have always done.”

Chelsea fans – Would you be happy to see Giroud depart? – Let us know in the comments.

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