France national team manager Didier Deschamps has urged Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to leave Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

Deschamps said he wants the French striker to change club to remain competitive ahead of the Euros next summer.

“The situation in the club has to impact him. He needs rhythm. It’s hard but that’s not why I want to lose him,” he said, as quoted by Tribal Football.

“We talk, he has every interest in it not lasting for him. We must not forget what he did with us.

“Olivier, I know him. He is going through a difficult period both physically and psychologically. He’s a big build, having a shorter playing time doesn’t do him a favour.

“If his situation drags on, he knows very well what I think he needs to do so that he remains competitive.”

Giroud has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, and Tammy Abraham’s form has made it even more difficult for him to get enough playing time.

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