Frank Lampard has addressed Olivier Giroud’s concerns over his situation at Chelsea as he clarified his intention to keep the striker.
The 34-year-old is yet to make a start in the Premier League this season, with the second-half cameo against Newcastle United on Saturday his third appearance as a substitute so far.
“It’s worrying,” Giroud told Telefoot (via Goal) about his situation at Chelsea.
“I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot.
“It’s going to have to change or a decision must be made.
“I am clear-headed about my situation. I will have to make a decision in January.”
Lampard intends to keep the striker
Despite Timo Werner’s new role as a left winger in the last few games, Tammy Abraham is currently ahead of him in the pecking order.
Lampard, however, still sees the former Arsenal striker as a valuable member of the squad and plans to keep him for the rest of the season.
“Oli is a very important member of our squad,” the manager told reporters in his press conference on Monday (via Chelsea’s official website).
“He played a lot of games last year, he will always want to play more, and he is a huge member of the squad for me.
“I know he will be important for us going forward so I want Oli to be here and to stay.”
Lampard understands the tough competition for the No.9 spot and Giroud’s desire to play regularly.
“We will cross that January bridge when it comes, but my thought has to be the strength of our squad,” he added.