Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud makes exit plea following Timo Werner arrival

Olivier Giroud has hinted that he will soon leave Chelsea following the arrival of Timo Werner.

The World Cup winning France international has slipped behind both Werner and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order under Frank Lampard despite playing an important role towards the end of the season.

The 34-year-old proved his ability this week by scoring twice in the 7-1 win over Ukraine, which was also his 100th appearance for his country having made his debut back in 2011.

The former Arsenal striker has expressed disappointment that he did not secure a move to Italy last January, and also stated that he would like to end his career in MLS.

“I’ve been close to moving to Serie A. They appreciate experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise,” Giroud said, per the Express.

“For the future, we will see what happens. I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have. I’m not ruling out anything, but for now, I don’t see me returning to Ligue 1.

“I’d like to play at the highest level in Europe for another two or three years, then maybe I’ll go to the United States.”

Lampard has been quick to praise the attitude of Giroud during his time at the club, despite not giving him the amount of starts that the striker would have been hoping for.

He said in September: “With Oli [Giroud], and I keep talking about squad members, when he’s not playing I keep hearing him behind me on the bench shouting for Tammy, encouraging, backing his team-mate, and those things are huge.”

Having said of the forward in July: “He’s always going to give you that desire to keep getting in there and give for the team.

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“I know he had a fair few chances tonight in that central area. That’s why we have try, when Oli is in the team, to use his attributes.

“You use his attributes, you try and cross the ball and stick it in the box. It was a great cross from Christian [Pulisic] for Olivier’s goal.

“He’s a big character for us and he’s scoring important goals at the minute so it’s good.”

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