Giroud: “I am very frustrated when I am not on the pitch.”

Les Bleus star is adamant he is deserving of a bigger part at Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud has revealed once again that he is feeling "very frustrated" with playing a back-up role at Chelsea.

The France international is demanding more playing time at Stamford Bridge after registering only 13 Premier League starts for the west London side since his move from Arsenal in January 2017.

He was second choice to Alvaro Morata, who left earlier this year, and is now playing second fiddle to Gonzalo Higuain.

“Trust me, I am very frustrated when I am not on the pitch, but I don't want to show it,” Giroud said ahead of Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague.

"You need to keep that frustration and transform it into positive energy. Trust me, I'm not happy to play the second role.

"Next year I will need to have a more important role to play. The most important thing for me is to be happy on the pitch, to enjoy the game and to have more minutes.

"I'm a competitor. I really want to play more. The thing is, I just want to enjoy it, because I'm 32 and I've won the World Cup, but I want to retire satisfied."

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