Published On: Sun, Oct 20th, 2019

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard plans talks on Olivier Giroud future ahead of January window | Football | Sport

Frank Lampard will have talks with Olivier Giroud to persuade the Frenchman that he is still an important part of his plans at Chelsea.

Former Arsenal striker Giroud, who has started only one Premier League game all season for Chelsea as youngster Tammy Abraham has monopolised the centre-forward role with eight goals, has said he will consider his position in January if he does not get more action.

But Lampard is adamant he wants the 33-year-old World Cup winner to stay – and he said: “I had a good chat with Oli before the international break.

“I always respect all the players, but particularly players of that age. I love his professionalism.

“He was bang on when he spoke to me. He was bang on with what he said when he was away with France. He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do.

“As I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us. At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing, there hasn’t been the minutes for him.

“I will happily sit down with Oli in January. But January is a long way away. I don’t want him to go – he’s a big part of the squad.

“Tammy has been producing but I will sit down with Oli because I respect him. I want him here.”

Lampard’s comments come after Giroud spoke out following France’s draw with Turkey in Paris.

“I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea,” Giroud said. “The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January.

”If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice… I have some beautiful years in front of me.

“I’m 33, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle and I feel good physically. I want to have fun and want to play more games.

“Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.

“[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.

“For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.”

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