Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud begins the search for a new club after losing the pecking order of Thomas Tuchel, according to a report.
The Frenchman has apparently always faced speculation about his future since joining the Blues in 2018. Before and during the January 2020 transfer window, he almost left. Indeed, he later admitted that Tottenham had shown interest, but decided not to move through London.
Despite the reinstatement of the plans of former boss Frank Lampard and the signing of a new agreement in May 2020, he again admitted his thoughts on leaving This winter.
However, he remained there once again. According to Goal, however, Giroud now appears likely to leave this summer when his one-year extension runs out.
This time around, the 34-year-old has serious doubts about his future amid the arrival of manager Tuchel.
The German is only at the start of his Chelsea cycle and, having kept Giroud in a restricted role since his appointment in January, the striker fears for his minutes in the long run.
Moreover, Giroud is reportedly unwilling to accept Chelsea’s offer which is on the table.
Talks have not started, but the Blues are ready to give him a short-term extension if he accepts a somewhat partial role.
Giroud has only started three games under Tuchel since the coach took over in January. Moreover, he has not been in the starting lineup since the FA Cup victory over Sheffield United in March.
And this, despite the player helping seal Chelsea’s progress to the Champions League semi-finals with an away goal at Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
Although he may score more goals than Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, Tuchel believes the latter pair have contributed more to a ‘winning team’ than Giroud.
Giroud considering move after Chelsea
Therefore, Goal adds that Giroud is seriously considering his options.
‘Several clubs’ – which the report does not name – have reportedly entered into initial talks with Chelsea to sign him.
However, Giroud himself has not decided where he wants his career to go next.
When it comes to potential destinations, Inter and Juventus have both been interested in the past.
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Regardless of his club’s difficulties, he will likely remain France’s main striker for Euro 2020.
If he hasn’t found a new club by then, a good performance in the tournament will increase his chances.
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