LONDON (Reuters) – Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea that he is not prepared to be second in attack next season, even if the club decides to keep him.
Chelsea still need to inform Giroud – who is the top scorer in the Europa League with nine goals but has only started seven Premier League games this season under the command of Maurizio Sarri – whether or not they will trigger an extension option for their current contract, which expires in June.
And while the French international has insisted he is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer, he is convinced he wants a bigger role.
"Trust me, I'm not happy to play the second role [in the squad]"Giroud told a news conference to preview Thursday's game against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge." That's why I said, next year, I'm going to need to have a more important role to play in the team.
"I do not know [if Chelsea will trigger the extension]. I have no idea about this now. I have to meet Marina. [Granovskaia]. But obviously I'm happy to be here. The thing is, I just want to enjoy it. It's not because I'm 32 years old and I won the World Cup because I do not want to retire. I'm not satisfied with second place. "
Asked if now is the decision of Chelsea, Giroud replied: "That's it. They should talk to me before the end of the season.
"The point is obviously we're still waiting to find out if the club will have the opportunity to buy players or not, so maybe it's a bit confusing right now.but I'll try.With what I got here, there's no reason not to me Give me another year, but I also need to be happy.
"The most important thing for me is to enjoy the game, to be happy on the pitch and to have more minutes.I'm a competitor so yes, obviously … I do not want to talk about it.This is not the point But I really want to play more."
Giroud should be the point of attack for a strong Chelsea team against Slavia Prague on Thursday, with Sarri under strong pressure to secure qualification for the Champions League this season, be it winning the competition or finishing in the top four. Premier League.
They will be without Antonio Rudiger, who left home in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with a knee injury, while Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu and Danny Drinkwater were also out of Cobham practice on Wednesday.
Gianfranco Zola took over roles in the media after Sarri underwent a minor surgical procedure in his mouth, and said that Rudiger's injury is not as bad as initially feared.
"When he limped out, we were worried," Zola said. "Apparently it's not that bad. He's a strong boy and he'll be back sooner than you expect."
Asked if Rudiger could return in time for the crucial clash between Chelsea and Manchester United on April 28, Zola replied: "There is a strong possibility that we see him. He is a warrior and will not want to miss a game like that. in the next few days it will be very important to see if he can continue to recover. "