Giroud frustrated with Chelsea back-up role
French striker Olivier Giroud is feeling frustrated about playing as a back-up at Chelsea and has demanded to be played regularly if he is to stay at the club.
Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January 2017 from Arsenal, the striker initially found himself playing second fiddle to Alvaro Morata with the same role having been handed to him under Gonzalo Higuain.
Speaking on Thursday, the Frenchman said: "Trust me, I am very frustrated when I am not on the pitch, but I don't want to show it.
"You need to keep that frustration and transform it into positive energy. Trust me, I'm not happy to play the second role.
"Next year I will need to have a more important role to play. The most important thing for me is to be happy on the pitch, to enjoy the game and to have more minutes.
"I'm a competitor. I really want to play more. The thing is, I just want to enjoy it, because I'm 32 and I've won the World Cup, but I want to retire satisfied."
Giroud was a part of the France team which won the 2018 World Cup.