Olivier Giroud says he’s not concerned about the arrival of Timo Werner at Chelsea as he still feels he’ll get enough game-time at Stamford Bridge.
French forward Giroud spent much of the first part of last season on the sidelines under Frank Lampard before breaking into the team in the second half of the campaign and becoming the first-choice forward.
Werner’s signing from RB Leipzig would appear to have threatened that newfound status, but Giroud says the pair are very different players and so could accommodate each other.
“I haven’t spoken to Lampard [about playing time],” Giroud told Telefoot.
“One thing is certain: the competition [in the squad] will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.
“We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.
“Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”
Werner himself is raring to go ahead of his first season in English football.
“The work with the manager recently has been really good,” he recently told the Blues website.
“He’s been showing and explaining to the whole team, not just me, what we can do on the pitch and how to improve on last season.
“He’s been great to work with and he’s been discussing his plans for the future, and how we want to battle with teams like Man City and Liverpool.
“I think Chelsea is a big club and with this team that we have, I think we can reach a new level. We have some very good players here and the manager is there to show us the way, and help us improve.
“We’ve worked a lot on tactical things, as well as our strength and fitness, to make sure we are ready for the start of the season.”
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