Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has ruled out any possibility of striker Olivier Giroud leaving Stamford Bridge amid reports that the France star has asked for a move far away from the club in January.
Lampard said that Giroud was a really important member of his squad this season, adding that he wants the 34-year-old to remain at Chelsea.
The Blues boss said this on Monday during his pre-match news conference before Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Rennes on Tuesday.
“Oli may be a vital member of our squad. He played tons of games last year, he will always want to play more, and he’s an enormous member of the squad on behalf of me. I do know he is going to be important for us going forward, so I would like Oli to be here and to remain,” Lampard said.
“I have a really good relationship with Oli, and if ever he felt it had been getting to go a special way, I might happily have that conversation with him. But I would like him to remain here.
“There is competition within the forward areas at Chelsea. Everyone has got to take that one. I saw Oli’s agent’s quotes, and that I thought nothing of them. Oli and that I have very open conversations. He wants to play. When he doesn’t play, he’s fantastic support for the opposite players. He trains brilliantly, regardless of what. we’ll cross that January bridge when it comes, but my thought has got to be the strength of our squad.”