‘I know that I will only play in the Europa League’: Olivier Giroud casts doubt over Chelsea future as striker admits ‘the future could be lively’
- Olivier Giroud has admitted he is frustrated at his lack of playing time at Chelsea
- The forward has mostly been used in the Europa League, where he is top scorer
- Giroud hinted he would be interested in a move to France if it meant more games
The French forward has primarily been used as a substitute in domestic football this season, with the majority of his action coming in the Europa League.
Giroud has hinted that his summer could be ‘lively’ and that he would be interested in a move back to France if it meant he got regular game time.
Olivier Giroud has admitted he is frustrated at his lack of league playing time at Chelsea
Speaking on RTL, Giroud said: ‘Of course it is frustrating. I feel like there is no competition since January.
‘It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.
‘The future could be lively this summer. I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.’
The French forward has primarily been used in the Europa League, where he is the top scorer
Giroud is the top scorer in the Europa League this season, with nine goals in as many matches for Chelsea.
However he has netted only once in 21 Premier League appearances, and has played 685 minutes of league action in total. In contrast, he has played 669 minutes in nine Europa League matches.
This means he averages just 32.6 minutes on the pitch in his Premier League appearances – compared to 74.3 in the Europa League.
Giroud made his name in Ligue 1 by winning a shock league title with Montpellier, before moving to English football with Arsenal in 2012. He joined Chelsea in January 2018.