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Olivier Giroud given a transfer marching order

Timothy Aiyeku



Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud as been asked to leave the West London outfit as early as in the January winter transfer window if he must secure his place in France’s squad for the delayed Euro 2020.

The former Arsenal striker is out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge without much playing time despite being a regular face in France senior national team camp but for that to continue, he must find another club in January.

A statement has already been sent to him by the France national team coach Didier Deschamps after he was replaced by in attack in favour of Antony Martial on Saturday evening as France recorded a 1-0 win over Portugal in the Nations League.

The Chelsea striker, however, got the chance to play for 12 minutes as he was brought in late in the second half to replace the Man United forward

After the game, Didier Deschamps explained that the former Arsenal striker failed to get the first call because of a lack of game-time at Chelsea, adding that the striker risks not being called for
France’s Euro 2020 squad.

“I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team. With Anthony, who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.

“Compared to Olivier, he has to be impacted, first of all with the situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm, it’s hard. That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated. We’ll talk, but obviously, he has every interest in it not lasting [his lack of minutes].

“For him, he must remain competitive. But we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do.

“Anthony has a different profile but one that gives options. Anthony, today, is more fulfilled [at club level] and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.”

Meanwhile, there were speculations that Olivier Giroud will be leaving the West London club in January which the club is already aware of but his destination is unknown.

In making a choice of his destination, Olivier Giroud will consider the playing time available for him so as to make the France squad for Euro 2020.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.