Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he is keeping his options open about a potential departure from Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman has been an unused substitute in three of the first four league games despite finishing last season strongly.
The signing of Timo Werner and the improved form of Tammy Abraham means Giroud has been limited to just one start in the Carabao Cup so far this campaign. Asked about his future plans, the 34-year-old said a move to Italy or the United States could be on the cards:
“I hope to play at the highest level for two or three more years if my body allows me. After that, I never hid an interest in a possible move to the United States. It was in the news a few months ago, but it was too early. I’ll think about it. I was also close to signing in Italy (with Inter Milan in January), I know that the Italians like experienced players… I’m not denying myself anything. It will mostly be a question of opportunities at that moment.”
Giroud does not let anyone down when he is picked by Lampard and his lack of game this season is particularly harsh considering he scored eight goals in 13 appearances in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Having signed Werner for nearly £50m, though, it is understandable why the German has been starting ahead of Giroud, but if his game-time doesn’t increase, the France international will likely depart in the January transfer window.