Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is beginning the search for a new club after falling down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order, a report claims.
The Frenchman has seemingly always faced speculation over his future since joining the Blues in 2018. In the lead-up to and during the January 2020 transfer window, he came close to leaving. Indeed, he later admitted that Tottenham showed interest, but decided against a move across London.
Despite re-entering former boss Frank Lampard’s plans and signing a new deal in May 2020, he again admitted thoughts about leaving this winter.
However, he once again stayed put. According to Goal, though, Giroud is now looking likely to leave this summer when his one-year extension runs out.
This time, the 34-year-old is having serious doubts about his future amid manager Tuchel’s arrival.
The German is only at the start of his Chelsea cycle and, after keeping Giroud to a restricted role since being appointed in January, the striker fears for his minutes in the long-term.
What’s more, Giroud is reportedly unwilling to entertain Chelsea’s offer which is on the table.
Talks have not begun, but the Blues are willing to give him a short-term extension if he agrees to a bit-part role.
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Giroud has only started three games under Tuchel since the coach arrived in January. Furthermore, he has not featured in the starting line-up since the FA Cup win over Sheffield United in March.
That is despite the player helping to seal Chelsea’s progression to the Champions League semi-finals with a goal away at Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
While he may score more goals than the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, though, Tuchel feels that the latter pair have contributed more to a ‘winning team’ than Giroud.
Giroud considering transfer after Chelsea
Therefore, Goal adds that Giroud is seriously pondering his options.
‘Several clubs’ – which the report does not name – have supposedly began initial talks with Chelsea about signing him.
However, Giroud himself has not decided where he wants his career to go next.
As for potential destinations, Inter and Juventus have both had interest in the past.
Regardless of his club struggles, though, he is likely to remain France’s main striker for Euro 2020.
If he has not found a new club by then, performing well in the tournament will help his chances.