Lacking time to play for Chelsea, Olivier Giroud decided to change the air in January according to some confirmatory sources. If several French clubs are taken care of, it seems unlikely that they will return to Ligue 1.
“Of course there were requests. There were Marseille, Lyon and so a bit of Bordeaux. But I don’t want to go back to Ligue 1. I feel like I still have good years. I have the Premier League ahead of me. It’s the most exciting tournament for my profile.” Last summer, Olivier Giroud made it clear in the So Foot columns: Returning to Ligue 1 is not part of his intentions.
If he announced in French Football this week that he feels capable of playing at the top level for another 5 years, the 34-year-old French striker has no plans to return to France in the short term, but could leave Chelsea in the transfer window. January. Just like a year ago, Giroud has played very little since the start of the Blues season (just 154 minutes), while Frank Lampard has preferred Timo Werner or Tammy Abraham.
“If his situation lasts forever … he knows what I think about it.”, Didier Deschamps also warned last week from Portugal. The tricolor coach is the way to warn his central striker, who is still a double-winger yesterday against Sweden, a few months before the Euro. According to Téléfoot, Giroud received the message and decided to leave Chelsea in January. Where to go?
According to this source, OM, OL and Bordeaux are still interested, but Giroud would prefer to side with a big European club that is not French. In England, Athletic, for their part, have confirmed that Giroud is thinking of leaving, but explained that he is a little less categorical than Téléfoot, that he can stay until the end of the season, but if the playing time increases. significantly for January.