Olivier Giroud’s agent, Michael Manuello, says Frank Lampard playing Tammy Abraham ahead of the French striker recently is ‘not fair’, given his excellent form at the back end of last season.
The 34-year-old was on fire for the Blues after coming into the team in February following Abraham’s ankle injury.
Giroud scored an impressive eight goals in Chelsea’s final 13 Premier League games of the 2020/21 campaign, proving his worth to Lampard.
However, the French World Cup winner has played just 33 minutes in the league this season, with the likes of Abraham and summer signing Timo Werner ahead in the pecking order.
And Giroud’s agent takes issue with his client’s limited role given how prolific he was last seson.
‘You’d be blind not to see that Frank Lampard has decided to put Tammy Abraham ahead of him,’ Manuello told Foot Mercato.
‘It is not frankly fair when you look at what Olivier did at the end of the season. But he has the right, it is his choice.’
Manuello played down speculation that a decision about Giroud’s future has already been made, insisting that the situation will be dicussed next month ahead of the winter transfer window.
‘Things have happened in the last 5 months,’ the agent added. ‘We cannot just look at the last two months and be forgetful about the 3 years that came before it.
‘But we have to be honest and if this continues, we will have to, first and foremost for him, experience other emotions.
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‘For now, it’s too soon to know what’s really concrete or not.
‘The interests, the rumours, for me, there’s little interest. We’ll see come mid-December. A January window, before mid-December, is just rumours. We don’t know where clubs will be nor how Olivier will do at Chelsea.
‘We don’t know if there’ll be injuries, and therefore opportunities. So it’s pointless. There’s no real work on that at the moment. We don’t know today, there’s only been eight league games.
‘Between now and January, there’s 11 games for Chelsea to play. Olivier belongs to his club, he’s focused on the competition and we’ll see in mid-December to decide one way or another.’
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