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Veteran attacker may part company with Chelsea in coming weeks

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is set to have key discussions with Blues boss Frank Lampard over his Stamford Bridge future, as the 33-year-old star is fearful of losing his starting place in the national team ahead of Euro 2020.

Giroud was a key figure in the Blues’ forward line under Maurizio Sarri last campaign, featuring 27 times in the PL and also scoring 11 goals in 14 UEFA Europa League games, helping the Blues defeat Arsenal in the final.

The experienced centre-forward has become a peripheral figure under Frank, however, and as reported by the Evening Standard, his desperation to be his country’s first-choice striker at Euro 2020 means that he is prepared to depart Stamford Bridge to secure regular football.

​Giroud had previously stated he was prepared to fight for his starting place with the west Londoners, but he has fallen way down the pecking order behind talent Tammy Abraham and Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, severely limiting his game time.

However, Lampard is interested in holding on to the ​ex-Arsenal forward, given the club’s current transfer ban.

But the Englishman may be persuaded into allowing Giroud to leave the club if the punishment is overturned later this month, which would allow the EL champions to sign players in the January transfer window.

The west London outfit’s lack of transfer activity has allowed the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori to flourish under Lampard’s tutelage, and his young team are coping well with the demands of domestic and European football.