Giroud should leave Chelsea in Jan­uary – Deschamps

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France coach Di­dier Deschamps has said Olivier Giroud should leave Chelsea in the jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Although the striker re­mains an im­por­tant fig­ure for France af­ter help­ing them to World Cup suc­cess in rus­sia back in 2018 de­spite not scor­ing a sin­gle goal, Deschamps had pre­vi­ously said that it was get­ting harder to keep call­ing the for­mer Ar­se­nal and Mont­pel­lier man up be­cause of a lack of game time.

speak­ing with tf1’s tele­foot about the pos­si­bil­ity of Giroud chang­ing clubs this month, Deschamps was clear that six ap­pear­ances and a to­tal of 209 min­utes across all com­pe­ti­tions is in­suf­fi­cient for France’s third­high­est goal scorer of all-time ahead of the 2020 euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

“I spoke with Olivier dur­ing the last in­ter­na­tional camp (novem­ber),” Deschamps said. “even dur­ing the one be­fore, he al­ready knew what is best for him.

“Olivier is not happy at this mo­ment, based on the lit­tle playing time he is get­ting. It is not his fault; he is suf­fer­ing through the sit­u­a­tion.

“It is up to him to de­cide in or­der to have the best sport­ing con­di­tions on a daily ba­sis at club level.”

When asked if Giroud should leave Chelsea, Deschamps added, “I think yes. He knows very well he can­not be con­tent with so lit­tle time. that is not even speak­ing about France, that is just on him.

“It is up to him to see which des­ti­na­tion he prefers or chooses.”

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