Striker vows to stay and fight for place at Chelsea amid exit rumours

Giroud has only scored one goal this season, but insists he’s happy in London and likes competing with Alvaro Morata for a starting spot.

Olivier Giroud insists he is happy at Chelsea despite being linked with a move away from the club.

The striker, 32, has been in bad form this season having scored just once for the Blues since May 6 and has struggled for game time under Maurizio Sarri as a result.

This has led to reports linking the Frenchman with a move to the likes of Marseille and even Chelsea’s London rivals West Ham.

However, he told Telefoot he is determined to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea.

Giroud said: “I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup.

“Today, I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I relativise a lot of things.

“I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time.

“But I am in a very big club, with very big players. I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure.

“I am going to stick in there and do not count on me to give up.”

His only goal for Chelsea this season came in a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League – and fellow struggling striker Alvaro Morata has been given the nod for most games.

But Giroud said he enjoys the competition, adding: “I came back late from the World Cup [so] Morata played.

“In the national team in September, with this goal against the Netherlands, that did me good.

“After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.

“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well.

“It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored, and things are going better.”

Giroud move to Stamford Bridge in January – moving from Arsenal for £18million.

However, the Blues are unlikely to let many of their players go especially if they are handed a transfer ban next summer.

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