Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has heavily suggested that his time at Stamford Bridge could be coming to a climax, in quotes carried by The Sun.
Giroud, who has been a useful asset for Maurizio Sarri this term, is the outright top goalscorer in the Europa League this season, having bagged a hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday evening.
The Frenchman has arguably been the player of the tournament so far, but bizarrely, cannot get a look-in in the Premier League. Both Gonzalo Higuain and (winger) Eden Hazard are ahead of him in the pecking order for minutes upfront in the league.
For a player of his ability, it’s not a sufficient role to be given, which Giroud appears to acknowledge. The World Cup winner is quoted by The Sun responding to questioning about whether his current role within the Chelsea squad is enough:
“No. No chance. I’m a competitor. I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically. When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests [at the club].”
“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup. But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career.”
“I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”
This is the issue when it comes to Giroud, he’s good enough that Chelsea fans would happily see him be handed an extension to his current contract, but the same quality which has drawn praise could be of better use elsewhere.
If he is open to the possibility of penning a new deal, it’d be unwise of us to leave him out in the cold. While unable to sign players, we can’t be losing a player with his talent, versatility and mentality. They could all prove invaluable.