Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud might have thought he’d turned a corner at the end of last season, forcing his way into the starting XI for the Europa League final – ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.
 
However, the French international, who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Iceland last week, and in the 1-1 draw with Turkey on Monday has dropped down the pecking order once again at the Blues, with Tammy Abraham the number one striker.
 
Speaking to French source Le Pelerin with quotes carried via the Sun, Olivier Giroud has opened up on his frustrations at Chelsea, but has refused to criticise manager Frank Lampard;
 
Accept it? No. I do not accept it.”
 
You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble.”
 
Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.”
 
But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch.
“Last year, when I felt I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”
 
It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal.”
 
But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Man City, in ten years.”
 
Giroud has completed just 100 minutes of Premier League football this season, last appearing in the league back in August against Norwich.
 
With the Frenchman’s contract expiring next summer it’s all but guaranteed the World Cup winner will leave Stamford Bridge, unless he is granted an early exit in January to get first team football ahead of Euro 2020.

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