Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is pleased with his side's strong start to the English Premier League season but said they have a long way to go to match the standards set by Manchester City and Liverpool in previous campaigns.
Inter target Olivier Giroud has confirmed he could leave Chelsea in January: 'I will have to make a decision.
Speaking to Telefoot this week, Giroud stated he may have to ponder his future in the next transfer window as he aims to nail down a spot in France's Euro 2020 squad. When he doesn't play, he's an incredible support for the other players. He trains brilliantly no matter what. I hope it changes.
Lampard further responded to Giroud's agent, who questioned how Abraham could be ahead of his client in the pecking order, hinting at finding a new club for the striker.
Lampard was keen to let the player know that the lines of direct communication remain open to him. I'll always be honest with Oli I think he's still got a big contribution for us.
City has yet to score at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in three visits since Spurs moved in a year ago.
Giroud has decided he will have to leave Stamford Bridge in the new year unless he plays significantly more over the next few months, as The Athletic first revealed last week. "It's worrying because I thought I still had a role to play in this team, especially after ending last season so well and helping the team qualify for the Champions League".
"Oli is a very important member of our squad".
"I still feel very good physically even if someone still talks about my age".
Lampard also had some good news on the injury front with Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva ready for tomorrow's Champions League trip to Rennes and Christian Pulisic nearly ready to return to action. "Christian [Pulisic] is staying back but hopefully he's ready for selection from the weekend onwards" Lampard said in a Zoom call with reporters on Monday.