Giroud hopeful Chelsea will release him in January as Lampard manages fringe players' frustration
Olivier Giroud is hopeful that Chelsea will be open to letting him leave in January as manager Frank Lampard contends withseveral members of his squad being frustrated over a lack of game time.
The 34-year-old has publicly admitted to not being happy at starting just one game this season and having played for just 157 minutes.
"It's worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It's going to have to change or a decision must be made,"Giroud told Telefoot.
"I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done."
France coach Didier Deschamps has already expressed his concern around Giroud's lack of game timeahead of Euro 2020 which will now take place in the summer of 2021.
Alongside Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso will both seek their exits once again in January after Ben Chilwell's summer arrival reduced their time on the pitch.
Juventus remain the most likely option for Emerson after they struggled to complete a loan deal on transfer deadline day for the Italy international.
Still, Lampard has given Emerson some minutes in recent weeks and he won't actively explore his exit until a meeting in December about his future.
Alonso's future looks even more bleak compared to his fellow left-back after failing to make a single appearance since September 26, following a half-time argument with Lampard over his defensive mistakes against West Brom which saw him substituted at the interval.
Intercoach Antonio Conte is understood to be interested in taking Alonso to the San Siro ahead of Emerson.
Meanwhile, Fikayo Tomori will seek a loan move in January having turned down the chance to join West Ham on transfer deadline day when he rejected them in the final minutes before the window closed.
The 22-year-old has made only three appearances this season, and just two starts, with Lampard struggling to keep all of his five centre-backs happy.
Antonio Rudiger explored his options to leave Chelsea ahead of transfer deadline day but he has jumped back up the pecking order in west London in recent weeks.
Rudiger's priority is to remain at Chelsea and he will likely turn down any approaches unless Lampard and the club move to put him back on the unwanted list.
Andreas Christensen has dropped to fourth in the central defensive pecking order with both Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma cementing their status as the regular starters.
The Denmark international has not been offered a new contract despite having just over 18 months left on his current deal. However, he is likely to hold on until the summer before either pushing for a new deal or his departure.
Source : goal.com
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