Olivier Giroud has insisted he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the campaign but has told Frank Lampard that he wants more minutes on the pitch.
The 34-year-old striker strengthened his case to start this weekend more by scoring all four goals in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Giroud has revealed that he has been warned by France manager Didier Deschamps that he risks losing his place in the national team ahead of the European Championship if he continues to be benched at Chelsea.
But the France international is confident that he will be given more chances by Lampard in the coming months.
‘I just have to show the manager that I am ready to fight until the end, as I told him at the beginning of the season, but obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch,’ said Giroud.
‘The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play and I hope I will have more opportunities again because I think I’ve shown him that I am ready to fight for the team. We all want to be on the pitch but we have a great squad.
‘If I play a bit more than in the beginning of the season, I have a good chance to be fit and ready for the Euros.
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‘I had a conversation with [Didier] Deschamps and he said if the situation stayed like that, I will have to take a decision in January.
‘I am pretty sure I can get some more game time and stay at Chelsea because that is what I want. I want to win trophies with Chelsea, so basically that’s it.
‘You never know in football, everything is going very fast, but right now I am very happy. I am a happy man and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.’