Former France international Christophe Dugarry has said that Olivier Giroud has made a mistake in joining Chelsea.
The Frenchman signed from Arsenal on deadline day for £18m, but speaking on RMC radio (quotes via Footmercato), Dugarry believes making the switch to the Blues will not aid his chances of making the World Cup squad:
“How does he get what he wants by signing for Chelsea? Just because he wants to stay in London? … Everyone does what he wants, I have no problem. But if he does not play the World Cup for a family rather than a sporting choice, he should not be surprised. If the coach changes at Chelsea, it can quickly turn sour for him.”
Giroud made his debut for Chelsea as a substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Monday night, but will likely be starting matches in the coming weeks due to the absence of Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniard remains sidelined with a back injury, which manager Antonio Conte says is a major concern. Before the the loss against the Hornets, the Italian revealed Morata is still working with the club’s medical staff to resolve the problem.
Giroud himself has just recovered from a hamstring injury which kept him out of action for a month. He has had two substitute appearances since returning to fitness, and could be in the starting line up when the Blues face West Bromwich Albion on Monday.