Date:31st January 2020 at 4:16pm
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says Olivier Giroud will remain at the club. 

The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this month having fallen down the pecking order this season.

However, Lampard has told reporters that the France international will not be leaving before Friday’s 11pm deadline.

“Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man,” he said.

“We all know that there’s been interest and I’ve sat in every press conference and said it had to be right for Olivier, for myself and for the club. He’s been impeccable in that period and I’ve got huge respect for him for that and as a player. Will he leave? No.”

Giroud has started just two Premier League matches this season.

“It’s my job with all the players to try and get the best out of them, with the way I want us to play and the things I need to see out of each position. Each player has to buy into what we’re trying to do because that’s important. It’s key across the board, not just with Oli.”

Giroud was contemplating a Stamford Bridge exit as he hoped to gain more regular action ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

So far this term the ex-Arsenal man has made just five appearances in the Premier League with just two of those as a starter.

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