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Olivier Giroud relishes squad competition at Chelsea

Olivier Giroud is embracing the extra competition at Chelsea after the signing of Timo Werner.

The French striker has scored some crucial goals for the Blues this season - including against Wolves to help them seal a place in next season's Champions League - but his prospects at Stamford Bridge have been placed in doubt by the capture of Werner from RB Leipzig.

Giroud, however, remains unfazed by the added pressure.

The 33-year-old forward told L'Equipe newspaper: "When the teams play a defensive way against us, it's not bad to have a tall striker like me that can make the link. But I am not naive.

"Werner hasn't been recruited to sit on the bench. But I will do everything I can to give headaches to the coach when it comes to making his choice."

Giroud admits that he was "expecting" Frank Lampard to sign a centre forward to strengthen the side for next season.

He said: "Werner's transfer is an additional motivation and it was inevitable that the club recruits a striker.

"Chelsea is a great club, that spends money to strengthen the squad, and I was expecting someone to come."

The World Cup winner suggested that he is keen to extend his career at the London club after his contract expires next year.

Giroud said: "I still have a year of contract here. If I stay here afterwards, that's fine. Otherwise, it will be another challenge.

"But I can still play in a good league for two years. I don't set any limits."

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