Giroud hints at France return
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed his frustration at his lack of playing time and admitted he could be tempted by a return to France.
The 32-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has made just six Premier League starts this season and is firmly behind the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain in the current pecking order.
"Of course it's frustrating," the France international told French radio station RTL. "Today, I have the impression there is clearly no competition (for places in attack) since January.
"It's like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League.
"I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team."
Giroud, who left Montpellier for Arsenal in the summer of 2012 before joining the Blues in January last year, indicated he could be open to a return to domestic French football.
"The future may be hectic this summer," he said. "I'm not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time. It could be I end my career in France." Meanwhile, Chelsea will take on J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama in July as part of their pre-season build up.
The Premier League side announced the opponents for the match at the International Stadium on July 19 as the first confirmed fixture in the run-up to the 2019/2020 season.
The Blues are set to return to Japan having played at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished as runners-up to Brazilian side Corinthians.