Olivier Giroud insists he is determined to win his place back in the Chelsea starting line-up after dropping behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.
French striker Giroud has started just one of Chelsea’s four Premier League matches so far this season, with Frank Lampard instead putting his faith in 21-year-old Abraham.
The youngster has not let his new manager down, scoring four goals already to emerge as Chelsea’s first-choice forward.
This is not the first time Giroud has found it difficult to break into Chelsea’s starting XI since joining from Arsenal in 2018 but he still has his sights set on more first-team football.
Asked whether he will be happy to accept a more limited role under Lampard this term, Giroud told Le Figaro: ‘Obviously not. I have goals in my head. I’m here to help the next generation, but the time for retirement has not come.
‘I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition. I don’t want to be Chelsea’s No.2 striker, for sure. Just because I’m here as an older brother for the younger players, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.’
Giroud, 32, has spent the last seven years in the Premier League but admits he would be interested in moving to America. ‘The MLS for my family, my children who speak English, it’s interesting,’ he told RMC Sport’s Breaking Foot.
‘In a year? In two years? I do not know when. But of course after that I will be open to a final challenge.’
Chelsea, currently 11th in the Premier League, travel to Wolves on September 14 following the conclusion of the international break.