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Speaking to Stadium Astro, Gael Clichy has urged his fellow countryman Olivier Giroud to leave when the January transfer window opens amid reported interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace.

It’s a case of deja vu for the Frenchman because last January, Giroud was finding game time tough at Stamford Bridge with the emerging Tammy Abraham in front of him. But now summer signing Timo Werner has pushed ahead of both, with the target-man now third-choice.

An underrated figure throughout his career, the 2018 World Cup winner may well be finding himself a new home in the New Year.

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But then again, he could stay put in London, but just drive into a different direction to either West Ham or Crystal Palace [Express].

Either way, with the delayed Euro’s looming, and a certain national coach worried about his striker’s game time [FootMercato], Clichy thinks it’s best Giroud does leave as he defended what he has done during his career.

“It’s been a few months and year since we hear the same speech around Giroud,” said Clichy. “That he’s not needed. He’s not good enough. If he doesn’t play enough then he won’t get into the national team.

“All those question marks have been solved and resolved by Giroud himself. Give him time and he will actually score goals – he will show that kind of profile in the team and within the group is essential. You want players that can create something but you also want somebody who can hold the ball and score goals.

“If you look at where he is in terms of goalscorers for France. He is seven goals behind Henry. And this is enough for everyone telling that he shouldn’t be there. If the manager of the national team is saying he needs game time to go to the Euros then if you look at direction then you need to go and you need to find a place for you to play.”

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After a long spell at Arsenal, and now plying his trade at Chelsea, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Giroud does add another London club to his CV.

Both the Hammers and Palace could do with his services because they lack the depth of quality in their forward areas.

But, unlike at the Emirates and at Stamford Bridge, Giroud needs a club that will offer him regular game time rather than see him as a back-up player.

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