Chelsea star Olivier Giroud admits he could leave the club as Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival has ‘darkened’ his future at the club.

The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge 12 months ago in a desperate bid to force his way into Didier Deschamps’ France squad.

While that decision paid off in the summer, Giroud has struggled to convince Maurizio Sarri and the Italian has used in a false nine position ahead of the Frenchman.

Higuain is now likely to become the club’s first choice striker and Giroud admits the Argentine’s arrival could force him out of Stamford Bridge.

‘The coach makes Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers,’ said Giroud.

‘But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.

‘If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.

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‘I’ve never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.’

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