Cape Town - France boss Didier Deschamps has urged striker Olivier
Giroud to part ways with Chelsea and find regular playing time somewhere else.
Giroud has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth
since arriving at Chelsea from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018,
but he did feature regularly from the bench during his first 18 months at
However, the emergence of Tammy Abraham and new boss Frank
Lampard's preference to rely on youth has limited Giroud's involvement further.
As a result, he has been seen just twice in the league since the opening month
of this season and is yet to score a top-flight goal.
With Abraham and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking
order and the prospect of Chelsea adding further attacking reinforcements now
their transfer ban has been lifted, it appears Giroud's time in West London is
coming to an end.
Crystal Palace have been linked with making a move for the
33-year-old in January, as have European heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Inter
Milan and now France boss Deschamps, who has kept the faith with the forward
despite his lack of domestic game-time, has urged him to seek a transfer.
"His situation at Chelsea has not changed for two
months," Deschamps was cited as saying by the Daily Mirror.
"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. It is up to him to decide
Despite calling for Giroud to seek a move, Deschamps insists
he does not know what options are open to the former Montpellier ace, although
he feels if his playing situation does not improve in the New Year then his
place in France's Euro 2020 squad will come under threat.
"I don't know what offers he has, where it might be
possible for him to get more playing time," Deschamps added. "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. He knows it."