Olivier Giroud says there is 'no chance' he will stay at Chelsea if his role doesn't improve

Olivier Giroud once again proved that he loves the Europa League last Thursday, as he netted a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-0 rout away to Dynamo Kiev. 

The Frenchman now has nine goals in as many games in the tournament this season and with the Blues advancing to the quarter-finals, it will surely be quite hard to drop the striker. 

But despite Giroud’s heroics on the continent, Maurizio Sarri has absolutely no problem benching him in the Premier League. 

He’s started just six league matches for Chelsea since August and even though Alvaro Morata has been shipped to Atletico Madrid on loan, Giroud still isn’t the first choice striker at Stamford Bridge. 

Gonzalo Higuain was brought in a couple of months ago as Sarri pushed to put his own stamp on the team and the Argentine has walked straight into a starting role.

That means despite often impressing when he plays, whether as a rare starter or as a substitute, 32-year-old Giroud is still little more than a fringe player at the west London club. 

After his hat-trick against Kiev last week, the World Cup winner was asked if he’d be willing to remain as one of Chelsea’s rotation players due to his advancing age – to which he gave quite a strong response. 

“No. No chance. I’m a competitor,” Giroud said, per The Sun

“I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically. When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests [at the club].” 

As well as making it clear he won’t be staying at Chelsea should his situation not improve, Giroud also explained why he didn’t decide to retire from international football after winning the World Cup in Russia last summer. 

“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup,” he continued.

“But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career. I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”

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