Olivier Giroud explains why he may have to leave Chelsea

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has explained why he could be forced to leave Stamford Bridge.

The World Cup winner has fallen behind new signing Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order and he is unhappy with being second choice.

The Frenchman left Arsenal in search of greater first-team action and he could now do the same with Chelsea.

Giroud: “Will I settle for being a substitute at 32? No”

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KIEV, UKRAINE – MARCH 14: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his third and his team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on March 14, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Giroud has expressed his discontent for his uncertain position in Maurizio Sarri’s team.

Whilst the 32-year-old is preferred in the Europa League, however, his role in the league has been limited.

The striker insists he will not settle for a second-string role – a statement which could worry Chelsea fans.

Giroud said:

“I am a competitor, I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch.

“But I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices.

“I play in the Europa League and I am happy to help the team to go through the stages step by step. The target is clearly to win it.

“The Premier League is another thing, you know? I have no idea.

“Will I settle for being a substitute at 32? No.

“No chance. I want to take maximum pleasure on the pitch.

“That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can.”

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