France boss Didier Deschamps believes Olivier Giroud will have to find a way to leave Chelsea in January if he hopes to make his team for Euro 2020.
The 34-year-old forward has only made one start under Frank Lampard this season, in the final loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup round of 16 at the end of September.
His only goal for Stamford Bridge holding this season has also come in the League Cup against Barnsley, but he has only played 33 minutes in the Premier League this season and saw only 27 minutes of League action. champions.
France boss Didier Deschamps urged Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in January
Giroud has only started one game so far this season ahead of Euro 2020 this summer
And speaking ahead of the Nations League clash against Sweden on Tuesday night, Deschamps urged the country’s second-highest scorer to seek a move if he wants to improve his chances of adding a possible Euro 2020 title to his Cup crown. world 2018.
Olivier Giroud knows that the situation in which he finds himself today cannot last forever. Before March, he will have to find another situation than this, ”Deschamps – a former Chelsea midfielder – told French radio RTL.
“I never give advice, I give advice. Ultimately, it is the player’s decision. He had sometimes complicated situations to deal with.
“Today is not good for him. Will it stay the same or will it improve? It depends on him. He knows what I’m thinking, even though I don’t forget everything he has done and everything he could still do.
Giroud was dropped in favor of Anthony Martial in France’s victory over Portugal on Saturday
And Deschamps insists Giroud needs to play more regularly to be sure to make his team
The comments come just a day after Deschamps warned Giroud he risked losing his usual starting spot to Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
Giroud won his 103rd international cap in France’s friendly loss to Finland, but was abandoned for Martial in their Nations League victory over Portugal on Saturday.
“I am making the choices that seem to me to be the best for the France team,” said Deschamps.
“With Anthony, who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.
“Olivier was touched, first of all by the situation he has in his club, knowing that he has a wide frame and that he needs rhythm. It’s hard.
Giroud won his 103rd international cap in France’s friendly defeat to Finland
“That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk about it, but obviously he has every interest in it not lasting for him to stay 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 and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.
Giroud was frustrated with his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge last season, but after playing just seven times for the club in the first half of the season, he was rewarded with a new contract for the 2020/21 campaign in scoring seven goals in 12 games after the restart.
Giroud is France’s second-highest goalscorer of all time with 42 goals in 102 games for his country
In January he almost left Chelsea with Inter Milan keen to sign the forward, and it is now believed that Giroud could set up a Chelsea exit a year later with his contract only six months to go.
He also faced adversity when Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal six months apart in the 2017-18 season, which saw the 34-year-old move west from London and his subsequent role in France’s World Cup glory in Russia.
Giroud has scored 42 goals in 102 games for France, and is only behind Thierry Henry for his country in terms of goals scored.