Olivier Giroud: Frank Lampard confirms Chelsea striker could leave in January

The Frenchman has started just two games this season

Olivier Giroud
Image: Olivier Giroud looks set to leave Chelsea for pastures new

Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea in January, head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed.

The Frenchman has started just two games this season and is inside the final six months of his Chelsea contract, having joined the Blues from London rivals Arsenal in the 2018 January transfer window.

The 33-year-old was an unused substitute in Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup third round win against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, and fuelled speculation he is set to leave by appearing to wave goodbye to the Stamford Bridge crowd at the final whistle.

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Chelsea's assistant head coach Jody Morris discusses the future of Olivier Giroud and stresses the importance of Michy Batshuayi to the Blues' squad

Sky Sports News understands Chelsea failed with a £34m bid for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, and Lampard hinted Giroud's departure could hinge on the club bringing in a suitable replacement.

"There's no update on Ollie, but I've spoken with him," Lampard said of Giroud.

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Chelsea have been linked with Lyon's Moussa Dembele, but the French club say they want to keep the striker - so what are the chances of the deal getting done?

"If the conditions are that it's something he really wants to do and it works for the club, for me and the squad then it's something that could happen.

"But only when all of those bases are covered. So we'll see if we're there."

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