Olivier Giroud admits Gonzalo Higuain signing has ‘darkened his future at Chelsea’ as striker opens door to return to French football
- Giroud has hinted at a possible return to Ligue 1 following Higuain’s arrival
- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri signed Higuain on loan to bolster forward line
- It has pushed French forward Giroud further down the pecking order
- He has scored just one Premier League goal from 18 appearances this season
Olivier Giroud has hinted he could return to France after Chelsea’s loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain pushed him down the pecking order.
The France striker has managed just one Premier League goal in 18 – mostly substitute – appearances in the Premier League so far this season and five goals in all competitions.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has preferred to play Eden Hazard in a false nine position in some matches instead of trusting Giroud and the arrival of Argentine striker Higuain from Juventus is likely to only reduce his opportunities.
Olivier Giroud (left) has admitted that the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus has ‘darkened his future at Chelsea’
The French striker attempts an overhead kick during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth-round on Sunday night
It is a sad situation for a player who helped France win the World Cup just six months ago and Giroud has admitted his future is up in the air.
‘I will never make people unamimously satisfied with me,’ he told French broadcaster Canal in an interview recorded prior to the confirmation of Higuain’s arrival.
‘There is a little part of regret and frustration. The public expects a goalscorer to score goals.
‘I’m the fourth best goalscorer of French football and nobody can take that away from me.’
More specifically on his Chelsea future, Giroud added: ‘The coach makes Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers. But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri signed Higuain on loan to bolster Chelsea’s forward line
Sarri has even favoured winger Eden Hazard as a false nine forward during certain games
‘If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.
‘I’ve never said ‘no’ to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.’
Higuain, who has been a reliable goalscorer throughout his career, made his debut during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth-round on Sunday evening.
Alvaro Morata, another striker who failed to win the trust of Sarri, is poised to complete a loan move to Atletico Madrid.