In Summary
  • Giroud has started only seven Premier League games this season, while making 17 substitute appearances.
  • He has become a Europa League specialist for Chelsea, scoring nine times in 10 appearances in the current campaign.
  • Giroud admitted uncertainty over Chelsea's transfer options for next season has most likely led to a delay in talks.
  • Chelsea have appealed Fifa's two-window transfer embargo relating to the signings of players aged under 18, with a decision on that still pending.

LONDON

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has warned Maurizio Sarri he must be given a more important role next season if the Blues boss wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud has been largely consigned to a bit-part role with Chelsea this term and the France World Cup winner is considering his future after seeing Sarri's old Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain arrive on loan from Juventus to take his position.

Chelsea have the option to extend the 32-year-old's deal by another year, but frustrated former Arsenal star Giroud is hoping for a meeting with club bosses before the end of the campaign.

Giroud had already played second fiddle to misfiring Spaniard Alvaro Morata, now on loan at Atletico Madrid, before Higuain's signing and he wants a more prominent role in future.

"Trust me I'm very frustrated when I'm not on the pitch, but I just don't want to show it," Giroud said ahead of Chelsea's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

"You need to keep that frustration for you. And transform that into positive energy on the pitch.

"But trust me I'm not happy to play the second role. That's why I said next year I will need to have a more important role to play in the team."

Asked when he will talk to the club about next season, Giroud said: "I don't know, I have no clue about that now. But before the end of the season.

"I have to meet (club director) Marina (Granovskaia), but obviously I might be here.

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