Olivier Giroud will consider Chelsea future in January

Olivier Giroud will consider his Chelsea future in January but is determined to ‘fight’ for his place after falling behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order

  • Olivier Giroud has fallen to third choice striker at Chelsea over the summer
  • Summer arrival Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have leaped ahead
  • The 34-year-old has played just 17 Premier League minutes this season
  • France striker admits he will assess his options at the next transfer window

Olivier Giroud has vowed to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea but accepts he may need to assess his playing time during the January transfer window.

The 34-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge has been a concern for nearly a year since being linked with a move away from west London last January.

However Giroud managed to win back his starting spot ahead of Tammy Abraham last term, only to again be usurped at the start of this season.

Olivier Giroud has vowed to fight for his Chelsea place after falling down the pecking order

The 34-year-old has played just 17 Premier League minutes for Chelsea this term after featuring in the 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion

Hopes of regaining his starting role under Frank Lampard have become even harder since the summer following the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Despite having only played 17 Premier League minutes this term, Giroud is determined to prove his worth to the Blues boss until at least the next transfer window. 

‘I’ve written a book called ‘Always Believe It’ so I’m not going to go anywhere without a fight,’ Giroud said during the international break.

‘There is competition but I will fight and we saw the rewards of that at the end of last season.

‘I am convinced that I have a role to play at Chelsea. We will see in January.’

Timo Werner (left) and Tammy Abraham (right) have leaped ahead of him under Frank Lampard

Despite a vow to fight for his place, Girould admits he will reconsider his options in January

Giroud is currently with the France squad where he is set to win his 100th cap during the latest round of fixtures from this week.

Having not played for the national team until he was 25-years-old the World Cup winner admits he never dreamed he could reach a centenary for his country and claims he still has much to offer at international level. 

‘I signed in Ligue 1 at 25, it’s an unusual course. The chance to play for Les Bleus at that age was just a bonus,’ he added.

‘I never set any limits for myself and maybe at 75-80, I thought “why not 100?” It’s a good number but I still have many years ahead of me.

Giroud is on international duty with France where he is set to earn his 100th cap

The striker is also just one goal short of becoming France’s second all-time top scorer

‘If someone told me I was going to reach a centenary at 34, I wouldn’t have believed it when I was at Grenoble or Tours.

‘But, that’s the beauty of football. I have always worked my way up through the ranks one after the other, thanks to great people.

‘I am a good example for young people who do not turn professional at 17.’

With France set to take on Ukraine in a friendly and face off against Portugal and Croatia in the Nations League, the former Arsenal striker is also keen to add one more goal to his tally to take him level with Michel Platini and just ten behind all-time scorer Thierry Henry.

‘My goal is to match him as quickly as possible, to become the second-best scorer in history and it would be a privilege and an honour to match such a legend of French football.’

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