OLIVIER GIROUD has thrown his Chelsea future in doubt after saying there’s “no chance” he stays in his current role as a reserve.
The World Cup winner, 32, says he’s a “competitor” and is eager to prove he is still deserving of a high-level starting spot.
Giroud has been forced to settle for a reserve role at the Blues this season, but has made the most of his chances in the Europa League.
The Frenchman scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-0 drubbing of Dynamo Kiev this week and has now scored nine goals in nine European games this season – the most in the competition.
And when asked if he’d be willing to remain a role player due to his advancing age, Giroud snapped: “No. No chance. I’m a competitor.
“I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically.
“When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests [at the club].
“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup.
“But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career.
“I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”
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Giroud added he hopes to win many more trophies after France’s heroics last summer.
The ex-Arsenal star said: “I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I just want to enjoy playing football after winning the World Cup last summer.
“I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices.
“I play in the Europa League and I am happy to help the team to go through the stages, step by step. The target is clearly to win it.
“The [Premier League] is another thing, you know?
“Now we don’t know about the future – who can say? We’ll see.”