It’s often said that most players are reluctant to make a big switch in the year before a major international tournament. They don’t want to take a risk and end up struggling at a new team, which could leave their hopes of making the team in tatters,
Olivier Giroud finds himself in the opposite situation. Despite his lack of playing time at Chelsea, he’s vitally important to the way that France play. It seems like he doesn’t need to impress the manager to get into the squad this Summer, but he does need to be playing regularly.
A report from The Mirror has indicated that France manager Didier Deschamps has told Oliver Giroud to leave Chelsea in January if he wants to guarantee is place in the France squad next Summer.
They go on to suggest that he feels Giroud needs to be playing more regularly, and the only way he can get that is to leave next month, but it’s not clear where he might go. They report that Deschamps said the following:
“His situation at Chelsea has not changed for two months. It would be better for him, obviously, to go to a club where he will have more playing time.”
“If he cannot have this playing time at Chelsea, the idea is to be able to have it elsewhere. We saw each other not so long ago. As with every player, he’s the one who decides. But keep in mind that it’s the daily life of players with their clubs that leads to France selection.”
There’s no sign of a move being imminent at this point for the big striker, The Mirror story does suggest there were talks with Inter Milan, but they have stalled for now.
When you consider his lack of playing time at Chelsea, they should be willing to let him go, but it sounds like he just needs to find a team that’s willing to sign him.