France manager Didier Deschamps would prefer Olivier Giroud to be at a club where can play every game.

Giroud is currently the first choice striker for France due to his impressive scoring record and partnership with star player Antoine Griezmann.

However, that could change if Giroud doesn’t play as many games as Deschamps would like.

Speaking to the press ahead of France’s upcoming games against Bulgaria and Belarus, Deschamps suggested that Giroud’s starting spot isn’t as secure as it used to be.

“This is not ideal. His playing time is reduced.

“He plays the Europa League.

“I will not take away from him what he did with us, he has very good statistics, but I would prefer him to be in a club where he plays almost all games.

“He made the decision to stay at Arsenal. It’s his choice.

“It can have consequences like all other players,” he said, as reported by France Football.

Giroud lost his starting berth at Arsenal last season and has started this season on the bench behind French compatriot, Alexandre Lacazette.

He had the opportunity to leave Arsenal during the summer transfer window, but decided to stay and fight for his place.

Lacazette is currently winning that battle, having scored four goals in six appearances so far.

Giroud also faces a tough battle for his starting spot in the France team. On top of Lacazette breathing down his neck, he also has Paris St. Germain striker Kylian Mbappe to worry about.

It could mean that Giroud will ask to leave in January, especially if his game time remains limited and he does lose his starting spot in the France team. Everton are believed to be considering a £40m bid for him when the window opens again.

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