Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has admitted that Olivier Giroud is frustrated at Stamford Bridge amid his struggles to command regular playing time. The France international has been restricted to just six appearances in the Blues shirt this term with manager Frank Lampard preferring to play the likes of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order.
Giroud has personally voiced the concern on several occasions on international duty and when asked about his teammates’ struggles, Zouma acknowledged that the 33-year-old is disappointed with the present situation at the Blues, he told Canal+: “He is frustrated, he wants to play more. Like any football player, he wants to be on the pitch, but he is taking everything very calmly. “He is a professional, he works hard in training. I have a lot of respect for the player he is. As someone in the dressing room, he is someone who gives advice to Tammy and Michy.”
Giroud has been a key performer for the France national team over the past few years and he has been able to command a regular starting spot despite the struggles at the club level. In the past five appearances alone, he has amassed four goals and the most recent of them came during the 2-1 triumph over Romania where he scored the winner.
As a result, he has no fears about his spot ahead of Euro 2020 but on the personal point of view, Giroud may want to switch clubs when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The Frenchman has been attracting interest from both Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund but the latter seems a more ideal destination, given they don’t have a recognised striker other than Paco Alcacer. Dortmund are presently six points adrift of the top of the Bundesliga table.