Didier Deschamps at it again as he suggests Olivier Giroud should leave Chelsea in January

Didier Deschamps at it again as he suggests Olivier Giroud should leave Chelsea in January
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  • Last year, the France manager urged the striker to join another club where he'd play regularly.
  • A year on, Giroud finds himself in a similar situation.
  • Deschamps warns that Olivier might struggle to play for France at the Euro next summer if he does not make a move.

"I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team," Didier Deschamps said when asked why Olivier Giroud was sat on the bench for Anthony Martial to start against Portugal.

"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, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do."

Deschamps sent Giroud exactly the same message a year ago: if Olivier wanted to play for France at Euro 2020, he needed to leave Chelsea to get more playing time. He was wrong twice: Giroud managed to play regularly for Chelsea, but he did not play at the Euro - because it was rescheduled for the next year.

Now, he finds himself in a similar situation to what it was a year ago, with one exception: it's not only Tammy Abraham he has to compete against but also Timo Werner. So far, Giroud has only played 33 minutes in the 2020/21 Premier League.

Source: Metro

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