France national team coach Didier Deschamps has sent a note of warning to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, saying he must find a ‘rhythm’ at Chelsea or get ousted by Anthony Martial after finding minutes to come by under Frank Lampard this term.
Giroud has turned out for Chelsea three times this season due to the arrival of Timo Werner and the presence of Tammy Abraham.
The frenchman got his 103rd international cap during France’s 2-0 friendly loss against Iceland.
After the loss, Deschamps dropped Olivier Giroud for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial in the Les Blues Nations’ League 1-0 victory over Portugal on Saturday.
During the press conference the gaffer revealed the reason for starting Martial ahead of Giroud:
“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, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do.“
Olivier Giroud is eyeing a January move away from the Bridge after he has amassed just 33 minutes in the Premier League during this season which renders his place in the french national team prone for hijacking.
“Anthony has a different profile but one that gives options. Anthony, today, is more fulfilled and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.”
Giroud has found his spot in the national squad under threat formerly when he was at Arsenal, and this is the second time it’s happening in two years.
With the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette in 2018, Giroud decided to leave the Gunners and move to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to revive his international career.
The move enabled Giroud cement his place in Deschamps’ side that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
It is believed that the former Montpelier star could make a move out of Chelsea come January 2021 when his contract has just six months left to run.
Inter Milan are said to be leaders among the teams interested in signing the lanky forward.