Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has addressed the rumours linking Olivier Giroud with a January move away from the club.
Giroud shocked many people in the Premier League during the summer transfer window when he agreed to stay at the club for another season, despite the fact we had just signed Timo Werner.
That has meant that Werner and Tammy Abraham are ahead of the Frenchman in the pecking order at the Bridge, and that has led to the striker admitting that he may have to seek a move away from the club in the next transfer window.
Lampard told a press conference ahead of a Champions League meeting with Rennes on Tuesday: “I do have plans to have Oli, he’s very important in our squad. He was a big member of our squad last year and I think he played a lot of games and made a lot of starts for us last year.
“When you look at our games, he made a lot of league starts and I think he played a relative amount. He will always want to play more.
“He is a huge member of the squad for me and I know he will be important for us going forward. I want Oli to stay here because he will play and I have a good relationship with Oli.
“If he ever felt that was going to go a different way then I am happy to have that conversation with him but I want him to stay here and we will be very open both ways if that ever changed, but at the minute, he is very important to me.”