Chelsea striker insists there is ‘no chance’ he will accept bit-part role at Stamford Bridge

Olivier Giroud insists there is “no chance” he will be satisfied with continuing to play in a backup role at Chelsea.

Giroud has made 20 Premier League appearances for the Blues this season but 14 have come from the bench and he has just one goal.

The Europa League is where he has shined, though, as he has nine goals in nine appearances.

This included a hat-trick on Thursday to help Chelsea through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The 32-year-old says he is a competitor and eager to prove he still deserves a starting spot in the team.

When asked if he’d be willing to remain a role player due to his advancing age, Giroud said: “No. No chance. I’m a competitor.

“I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically.

“When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests (at the club).

“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup.

“But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career.

“I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”

Giroud hopes to win more trophies after helping France to lift the World Cup last summer.

The ex-Arsenal star said: “I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I just want to enjoy playing football after winning the World Cup last summer.

“I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices.

“I play in the Europa League and I am happy to help the team to go through the stages, step by step. The target is clearly to win it.

“The (Premier League) is another thing, you know?

“Now we don’t know about the future – who can say? We’ll see.”

Source: Daily Post

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