Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud needs to get some game time, and might have to leave in January in order to help his chances at getting into the France squad for the European Championships next summer.

That’s the opinion of France boss Didier Deschamps.

Giroud has only started one game in the Premier League this season.

The 33-year-old striker has scored just once – in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool.

Having fallen behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order, Giroud is considering his options and is ready to walk away from Stamford Bridge.

He has played just 117 minutes of first-team football this season in the Premier League, and has failed to score in any of his four appearances.

But his form on the international stage hasn’t suffered, having scored three goals in his last four games.

And Deschamps wants the ageing forward to consider leaving the Blues in order to get more playing time ahead of next summer’s Euros.

“His position is becoming far too uncomfortable,” he said.

“I have confidence in him but it is necessary that his personal situation is better in March.

“He needs game time – he needs it.

“His situation has not been ideal for two months but it is getting worse.

“I hope that I will not have questions to ask myself in March.”

Ahead of Giroud, Abraham has scored nine goals in 11 league matches, while Batshuayi has looked impressive when he has been substituted on in recent weeks.

Chelsea are next in action tomorrow as they take on Crystal Palace [12.30pm KO].



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