Frank Lampard has backed the French star Olivier Giroud’s comments that he ‘doesn’t accept a bench role’ at the club, but Chelsea boss is aiming to convince the forward to stay at Stamford Bridge for the duration of the term.
Olivier recently expressed frustration while on international duty for his country at his lack of minutes for Chelsea this campaign and said that he ‘will make a decision in January’ regarding his future.
A focus on youth this campaign in west London has seen Tammy Abraham establish himself as the first-choice centre-forward in Lampard’s side and he is the joint-leading scorer in the PL with eight goals.
Abraham’s impact has come at the expense of Olivier, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, and Lampard understands the 33-year-old Frenchman’s frustration with his lack of regular playing time.
“No, [we want him to stay] because at the minute, he is a big part of the squad. As I say, Tammy has been producing but I would sit down with him (Giroud) because I respect him. But no, I want him here,” Frank told reporters at Stamford Bridge.
France chief Didier Deschamps has also echoed the player’s concerns as Les Bleus get ready for Euro 2020 next year when they will be ranked as one of the front-runners to win the tournament.
However, Lampard has been keen to repeatedly highlight Olivier’s professionalism behind the scenes in difficult situations and his words have been echoed by 21-year-old Tammy, who admits he is learning a lot from training along with the World Cup winner.