Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has expressed optimism that Olivier Giroud will stay at the Stamford Bridge till the end of the season, Concise News reports.
Giroud has found it hard to get enough playing time under Frank Lampard and has said he won’t “accept a bench role” in the team.
However, Lampard is optimistic that the French forward will stick with the London club till the season runs out.
According to him, he wants the striker to stay with the Blues and would do everything possible to persuade him to do so.
“No, [we want him to stay] because at the minute, he is a big part of the squad,” Lampard said after the side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, Sunday.
“As I say, Tammy has been producing but I would sit down with him (Giroud) because I respect him. But no, I want him here.
“I have had a good chat with Oli before he went away. I always respect all the players, particularly of his age. I was in that sort of low-30s age.
“I love his professionalism. He was bang on when he spoke to me. He was bang on with his quotes when he was away with France.”
According to the Chelsea legend, “He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do. As I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us.
“At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing at the moment, there haven’t been as many minutes.
“So, that will be something I will sit down happily with Oli in January but January is quite a long way away.”
Meanwhile, a former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said Liverpool were limited in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United because they do not play well against teams with “low blocks.”
The Reds managed to go home with a draw in a Premier League clash with United on Sunday to truncate their perfect start on the domestic front.
United played a lot better in the first half of the clash but Jurgen Klopp’s men came back to snatch a point just five minutes to normal time.
Liverpool have not beaten United at the Old Trafford since 2014 and Klopp said his team found it hard due to the defensive setting of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.