France manager warns Chelsea star he’ll lose his place to Anthony Martial

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France manager, Didier Deschamps, has sent a warning to Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, that he must sort out his situation with his club and find some rhythm if he wants to continue to be first choice with the national team.

The Chelsea man was chosen ahead of Anthony Martial for the Les Bleus match against Finland last week, but he didn’t prove useful, which prompted Deschamps to ditch him for Martial in their next match against Portugal.

Speaking during a press conference on the reason he made the decision, the coach said to the media, “I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team.

“With Anthony, who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.

“Olivier has been affected, first of all with the situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm. It’s hard.

“That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk, but obviously he has every interest in it not lasting, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do.

“Anthony has a different profile but one that gives options. Anthony, today, is more fulfilled and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.”

Giroud has featured just 3 times for Chelsea this season, with Lampard preferring his summer arrivals over the forward, while Martial has been more consistent.