France boss Didier Deschamps has suggested that Olivier Giroud may need to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial started ahead of Giroud on Saturday evening as France sealed their place in the Nations League final with a 1-0 victory over Portugal.
Martial missed several clear-cut chances in France’s win and was replaced by Giroud with 12 minutes remaining.
But after the match, Deschamps stressed that Giroud will need to receive more playing time ahead of France’s European Championship campaign next summer and admits the striker will struggle to find rhythm with his current situation at Chelsea.
Giroud has played just 33 minutes in the Premier League for Chelsea this season and now has even more competition for a place in Frank Lampard’s attack following the arrival of Timo Werner in the summer.
The 34-year-old’s contract with Chelsea is due to expire at the end of the season.
‘I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team,’ Deschamps said when asked about picking Martial ahead of Giroud.
‘With Anthony who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.
‘Compared to Olivier, he has to be impacted, first of all with the situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm, it’s hard.
‘That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk, but obviously he has every interest in it not lasting, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do.
‘Anthony has a different profile but one that gives options. Anthony, today, is more fulfilled and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.’
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