Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge but only if certain conditions are met.
The 33-year-old has played just seven games this season, and after being an unused substitute for the 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup yesterday, Lampard was asked once again about the Frenchman’s future. The Blues boss gave this response:
“My answer remains the same as it has done recently and I have spoken with him. If the conditions are that it’s something Oli really wants to do and it works for the club and it works for me and the squad, then it’s something that could happen. But only when all three of those bases are covered. So we’re still there.”
Newcastle have reportedly enquired about a loan for Giroud but Chelsea are keen to sign a replacement before letting him leave. There is also said to be interest in the striker from Aston Villa and Inter Milan.
The Blues are looking to sign another forward but despite prioritising the position, they have yet to find a breakthrough with deals for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele not said to be close.
Giroud is, though, believed to be determined to leave with his place in France’s Euro 2020 squad his main focus. His lack of game time could see him miss out on the tournament next summer, and he will be hoping for a speedy resolution to his situation.