Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge so far this season.

Chelsea fans fear that Olivier Giroud is going to leave in January, after his latest comments.

Giroud has admitted to Goal that he is prepared to fight for his place at Chelsea, but if he continues to receive minimal game time he will exit.

“I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea. The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January,” Giroud said.

“If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice… I have some beautiful years in front of me. I’m 33, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle and I feel good physically.

“I want to have fun and want to play more games. Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.”

With Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi both in good form, there is a real fear from supporters that Giroud is destined to continue to have to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

And many Chelsea fans are predicting that the £15 million forward (Daily Star) is going to leave in the new year.

If Chelsea are to lose Giroud it could leave them short up-front, as their options are only limited.

With Frank Lampard’s side still under a transfer ban as things stand, Giroud’s departure would leave Abraham and Batshuayi as they only other recognised strikers in their squad.

Abraham currently leads the Premier League’s top scoring charts, so Giroud’s task to displace him looks hugely difficult.

But Lampard may well turn to the French international, if the time comes when he feels the need to add more experience to Chelsea’s line-up.

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