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Chelsea's Giroud hints at return to France

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed his frustration at his lack of playing time and could be tempted by a return to France. Photo: PA

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed his frustration at his lack of playing time and admitted he could be tempted by a return to France.

The 32-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has made just six Premier League starts this season and is firmly behind the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain in the current pecking order.

"Of course it's frustrating," the France international told French radio station RTL. "Today, I have the impression there is clearly no competition (for places in attack) since January.

"It's like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League.

"I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team."

Giroud, who left Montpellier for Arsenal in the summer of 2012 before joining the Blues in January last year, indicated he could be open to a return to domestic French football.

"The future may be hectic this summer," he said. "I'm not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time. It could be I end my career in France."