Giroud finding Chelsea bench duty ‘difficult’ as Higuain deal edges ever closer

The World Cup-winning Frenchman has found regular game time hard to come by this season and is set for fresh competition for a striking berth

Olivier Giroud has aired his “frustration” at life on the bench at Chelsea, with the World Cup winner admitting his situation is already “difficult” as speculation suggests Gonzalo Higuain could be about to join him at Stamford Bridge.

Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal with Juventus which will see them land a top striking target during the January transfer window.

Maurizio Sarri is moving to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Napoli as he has been left far from convinced by France international Giroud and Spanish frontman Morata – who is edging towards the exits and a possible switch to tletico Madrid.

Any agreement for Higuain would likely further limit Giroud’s game time for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard already been preferred as a false nine on several occasions, and the 32-year-old concedes his situation is far from ideal.

He told ESPN FC: “It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game.

“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.

“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part. But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”

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