Olivier Giroud said he has shown to Frank Lampard that he is ready to fight for a starting spot ahead of Saturday’s clash against Leeds United.
The 34-year-old made headlines after netting all the goals in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday.
Impressively, it was also his first start in the Champions League this season.
Both Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner have been ahead of him in the pecking order for the No.9 spot.
Giroud has made five appearances off the bench in the Premier League in 2020/21.
With his display in Seville, he has made his case. Quite simply, he is ready for his first league start.
“I just have to show the manager that I am ready to fight until the end, as I told him at the beginning of the season,” the striker told Chelsea’s official website.
“But obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch.
“The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play and I hope I will have more opportunities again because I think I’ve shown him that I am ready to fight for the team.
“We all want to be on the pitch but we have a great squad.”
Giroud wants to stay at Chelsea
There have been rumours about the striker’s potential Chelsea exit in January.
France head coach Didier Deschamps even previously said that Giroud’s lack of game time at Chelsea could cost him a spot in the France squad for the upcoming Euros.
Giroud didn’t deny that Deschamps has urged him to make a decision but insisted that he is happy at Chelsea.
“I had a conversation with Deschamps and he said if the situation stayed like that, I will have to take a decision in January,” he explained.
“I am pretty sure I can get some more game time and stay at Chelsea because that is what I want.
“I want to win trophies with Chelsea so basically that’s it.
“You never know in football, everything is going very fast, but right now I am very happy.
“I am a happy man, and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.”