Olivier Giroud says he wants to leave Chelsea for more playing time

Olivier Giroud has cast major doubts over his future at Chelsea with interesting comments regarding his current situation with the Blues – he has been undeservedly limited to Europa League football since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain.

If the Frenchman’s words become reality, then he would surely be finally getting the respect and credit he deserves having spent a year as a spare part at Stamford Bridge.

What did he say?

Well, speaking to French outlet RTL (via The Daily Mail), the big hitman said:

“Of course it is frustrating. I feel like there is no competition [for the striker role] since January.

“It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.

‘The future could be lively this summer. I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

Back to France… or to a lower Premier League team?

The 32-year-old is one of the most underrated and undervalued forwards in the Premier League and, having played for Arsenal and Chelsea since moving from Montpellier in 2012, he has only been at the top teams, where starting places are lost easily and won back with difficulty.

Now, the 87-cap international finally seems to be sick of playing second fiddle when he could certainly lead the line for most sides – he is currently the top scorer in the Europa League, with nine to his name. Clearly the prospect of a return to his home country is an endearing one to the striker, but perhaps he isn’t quite done with England yet.

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There are surely a number of lesser Premier League teams who would be interested in snapping up the Blues number 18 this summer and he would walk into the starting XI of most. Is this what it would take for the behemoth to finally be appreciated for his on-pitch exploits?

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