Striker confirms he sees his long-term future at Chelsea

Chelsea French striker Olivier Giroud is rumoured to be on the verge of leaving the club in January. But the player has announced otherwise and instead intend to fight for his place.

The striking situation continues with recent reports of an overhaul in that department to create space for young fresh legs in January proving more difficult when players not pulling their weight have refused to depart.

Giroud, 32, joined Chelsea last January after being deemed surplus to requirement by the Arsenal hierarchy. He won the FA cup under Antonio Conte and led France to a world Cup final trophy in Russia after a decade in the wilderness.

Giroud, is however finding this season tough in front of goal for his club. The Frenchman has not registered any goal in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. This situation has prompted a rumoured January exit.

The player is however not having any of it with the media and has said as much. He was unequivocal when he said he wants to remain at Chelsea to fight for his place. A place he seem to have lost to Alvaro Morata.

“I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup,” he said.

“I am going to fight and for the moment it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there – and do not expect me to give up.”

Chelsea can no longer bank on the Frenchman to deliver and it seem rather wise to let him lose in January as the pattern of football on show at the club is a little overwhelming for him.

Merseille are interested in the former Montpelier player. A deal that will benefit both sides given that Chelsea are also in the market for a regular goal scorer if successful.