Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has demanded a more important role at the club in order to stay with them next season, amid frustration at a lack of gametime on the pitch this season. The Frenchman who's contract with the Blues comes to an end soon, is yet to meet with the club management over his future.
Giroud has struggled for minutes on the pitch under manager Maurizio Sarri especially in the Premier League this campaign, but with the club management hesitant on giving players above 30 long-term contracts, his future with the club remains uncertain at this moment of time.
"Trust me, I'm very frustrated when I'm not on the pitch, but I just don't want to show it. You need to keep that frustration for you. And transform that into positive energy on the pitch. But trust me I'm not happy to play the second role. That's why I said next year I will need to have more important role to play in the team," Giroud said, as quoted by the Irish Independent.
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The 32-year-old has been linked with a move in the summer, with the likes of Galatasary said to be interested in his services. Giroud though has preferred to keep his cards close to his chest and will only make a decision once he meets with the club director, Marina Granovskaia.
"The priority is Chelsea. I have to meet (club director) Marina (Granovskaia), but obviously I might be here. The thing is I just want to enjoy it because I'm 32 and I've won the World Cup. But I want to retire satisfied," he added.
Ever since he moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in 2017, the Frenchman has made 56 appearances for the club, scoring 16 goals for them so far.