Giroud Hopeful Chelsea Will Release him In January As Lampard Manages Fringe Players’ Frustration

Giroud is hopeful Chelsea will release him in January as Lampard handles frustration from marginal players

The Blues boss has a great team available to him this season, but many of the underdog are increasingly frustrated with his reduced status.

Olivier Giroud is hopeful that Chelsea are willing to let him leave in January, as manager Frank Lampard says several members of his team are frustrated by lack of playing time.

World Cup winning striker Giroud will seek his exit unless he is featured as a regular starter in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window.

The 34-year-old has publicly admitted that he is unhappy starting just one game this season and having played just 157 minutes.

“It is worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea, but my playing time is shrinking a lot. It’s going to have to change or a decision has to be made, ”Giroud said. Telefoot.

“I am clear about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to do the right one, as I have always done ”.

Giroud is understood to be looking to stay at a top-tier European club, having almost moved to Inter in the last window of January when both Tottenham and Lazio were interested in him.

France coach Didier Deschamps has already raised concerns about Giroud’s lack of playing time ahead of Euro 2020, which will now take place in the summer of 2021.

Along with Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso will seek their outings once more in January after the arrival of Ben Chilwell in the summer reduced their time on the field.

Juventus remains the most likely option for Emerson after they struggled to complete a loan deal on the day of the transfer deadline for the Italian international.

Still, Lampard has given Emerson a few minutes in recent weeks and will not actively explore his departure until a meeting in December about his future.

Alonso’s future looks even bleaker compared to his fellow left-back after failing to make a single appearance since Sept. 26, following a halftime argument with Lampard over his defensive errors against West Brom that saw him replaced at halftime.

It is understood that Inter coach Antonio Conte is interested in bringing Alonso to San Siro ahead of Emerson.

Meanwhile, Fikayo Tomori will seek a loan in January having turned down the opportunity to join West Ham on the day of the transfer deadline when he turned them down in the final minutes before the window closed.

The 22-year-old has made just three appearances this season, and just two starts, with Lampard struggling to keep his five centers happy.

Antonio Rudiger explored his options to leave Chelsea before the transfer deadline, but has risen back up the hierarchy in West London in recent weeks.

Barcelona, ​​Paris Saint-Germain, Rome and AC Milan were some of the clubs that explored signing the German international, though he has since convinced Lampard of his worth.

Rudiger’s priority is to stay at Chelsea and he will likely reject any approach unless Lampard and the club move to put him back on the unwanted list.

Andreas Christensen has dropped to fourth in the central defense pecking order with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma cementing their status as regular starters.

The Denmark international has not been offered a new contract despite having just over 18 months left on his current contract. However, he is likely to hold out until the summer before pushing for a new deal or his departure.

Chelsea have a number of former assistants still at the club, including Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman, who are in good shape and could leave permanently or with temporary deals. Both players were unable to find clubs in the summer, but will try again in January.