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France Manager Issues Ultimatum to Blues Striker

French national team boss Didier Deschamps believes that striker Olivier Giroud must play more football on a club level. The veteran has been deprived of game time for Chelsea this season as manager Frank Lampard has opted to deploy the young Tammy Abraham as his first-choice striker. On paper, the Englishman warrants being the Blues first-choice option to lead the line and he has so far been stellar, even drawing comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba.

“You know, Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move,” Deschamps told a press conference as reported by Sky Sports. 

“After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.

“But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.

“He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.”

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Giroud has been in good form for France

Even though he has lacked game time for Chelsea, Giroud has been in good form for country recently. The 33-year-old found the back of the net during his sides 1-1 draw against Turkey on Monday and the goal was his third in four games. He also managed to bag the winner for the 2018 World Cup Champions during their victory against Iceland last Friday.

It is hard to see Giroud departing Chelsea in January

The probability of Giroud leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is high but it is unlikely that he will leave the club during the January transfer window. Chelsea need an apt back-up option to Abraham and letting Giroud leave could be problematic as it could leave them short of options.

The Blues will likely not be able to sign any new recruits in January in lieu of their two-window transfer ban.

Giroud will play an important role for France in the European Championships

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Even if he struggles to gain game time for the Blues, it will be hard to see Deschamps leaving Giroud out of his 2020 European Championship squad. The player offers plenty of experience and is still a good impact substitute even though he may not be as effective as a starter. The French will be favourites to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.

Pundit Admits Abraham Proved Him Wrong

Arsenal great Alan Smith has admitted that he had his doubts about whether Tammy Abraham would be able to make it. The youngster has exceeded expectations this season as he has so far scored eight goals from eight League games. He has drawn comparisons to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney as well as Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Chelsea Starlet Reaffirms Commitment to Club

Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has reaffirmed his commitment to the club. The youngster recently penned a new five-year deal with the West London outfit. He was heavily linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich during the January transfer window and even reportedly handed in a transfer request in order to try and make the transfer happen. In the end, Chelsea ended up declining the advances of the Bavarian giants and Hudson-Odoi stayed put at his boyhood club.

Chelsea Captain Offers Advice to Out-of-Favour Pulisic

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has advised his team-mate Christian Pulisic to remain positive. The American arrived at Stamford Bridge during the summer from Borussia Dortmund and has had a less than ideal start to life with the West London club. Pulisic has so far played four times in the Premier League for the Blues and has only notched one assist. He has so far been unable to adapt to the Premier League. It is still early though and as was seen by his spell in Germany, the 21-year-old has plenty of potential so it would be dangerous to write him off immediately.

Lampard Assures Pulisic of His Importance

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has assured attacker Christian Pulisic that he is an important member of the club’s squad. The American arrived at Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window from Borussia Dortmund. He was loaned back to the Bundesliga club for the second half of last season before joining the Blues permanently during the summer.

Giroud Refuses To Rule Out MLS Move

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has refused to rule out the possibility of moving to the Major Soccer League. The Frenchman joined the Blues from Arsenal during the January 2018 transfer window. He arrived at the club at a time during which Alvaro Morata was struggling for form and when the West London giants were clearly in need of additional firepower upfront.

Alvaro Morata Opens Up On His Time with Chelsea

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has admitted that his time with Chelsea was not good. The Spaniard joined the Blues during the summer of 2017 whilst the club was managed by Antonio Conte and was brought in as a replacement for Diego Costa who was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge during the same summer. The 26-year-old initially started off well at Chelsea but he ultimately failed to score goals on a regular basis and was definitely not suited to leading the line for the club. All in all, he went on to score just 16 goals in the Premier League from 47 appearances for the club.