UA-201076440-1 Olivier Giroud demands important role at Chelsea FC next season


 Striker Olivier Giroud said on Wednesday he has been approached by other clubs to play for them next season, but he added he wanted to increase his stay Chelsea.


The Frenchman however acknowledged that staying at Stamford Bridge would depend upon if manager Maurizio Sarri could offer him regular varsity opportunities.


Giroud, who is that the top scorer within the UEFA Europa League with nine goals, is out of contract at the top of the campaign.


Chelsea however have an choice to extend it for an additional 12 months.


The 32-year-old Frenchman has started just seven English Premier League games this season.


He has seen limited opportunities since the arrival of Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain in January.


“Trust me (to agree that) I’m very frustrated when I’m not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to point out it,” Giroud told a press conference in London before Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.


“You got to keep that frustration for you, and transform that into positive energy on the pitch.

“I’m not happy to play the second role. That’s why I said next year i will be able to got to have a more important role to play within the team.”


When asked whether he has already had offers to travel elsewhere, Giroud added: “Yes but I won’t reveal that now. The priority is Chelsea.


“With what I’ve achieved here, there's no reason they won’t give me another year. But i want to be happy, also.”


Chelsea hold a 1-0 advantage over Slavia Prague from the away leg, courtesy of a late headed goal by defender Marcos Alonso.


They will be without defender Antonio Rudiger, who limped out of Sunday’s 2-0 league defeat against Liverpool at Anfield with a knee injury.


However, Chelsea’s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola expects the German international to return for the league trip to top-four rivals Manchester United on April 28.


“It looks not as bad as we thought, luckily. When he came off limping, we were worried,” Zola said.


“Yes, there's a robust possibility that we see him (against Manchester United). He’s a warrior and won’t want to miss a game like that.


“The next few days are going to be vital to ascertain if he can continue recovering.”

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