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EPL: Chelsea striker threatens to leave January, sends message to Lampard

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Olivier Giroud admitted that he could leave Chelsea in January. The France striker said earlier this week he was unhappy to play as a reserve at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud has made only three Premier League appearances in this period, including just one match.

“I will fight for my place at Chelsea. The coach knows that. And we will decide in January.

“If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice … I have some beautiful years ahead of me. I’m 33 years old, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle, and I feel good physically.

“I want to have fun, and I want to play more games. Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end, I am forced to make a choice, I will do so when I left Arsenal,” said Giroud after France’s draw with Turkey on Monday.

He added: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the games. Anyway, I’m going back to excited Chelsea.

Giroud scored France’s only goal in a 1-1 draw on Monday, his 38th international goal.