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Giroud exit must be of benefit: Morris


Second fiddle: Olivier Giroud
Second fiddle: Olivier Giroud

By Carl Markham

Olivier Giroud will only leave Chelsea this month "for the benefit of the club", Jody Morris has insisted.

Assistant coach Morris hailed France striker Giroud's professionalism amid playing second fiddle behind in-form England hitman Tammy Abraham this term.

Giroud has already admitted he may have to seek a move for more regular football, but Morris suggested Chelsea can ill-afford to lose players without suitable replacements.

When asked if Chelsea could understand Giroud seeking a Stamford Bridge exit, Morris said: "Well, he still plays for Chelsea.

"It's got to be for the benefit of the club. We can't just let people walk out the door if that means we're left short somewhere.

"Yes, you have to look at the individual as well, but Giroud's been nothing but a class act and a top professional since he's been here, so I don't envisage any issues from him on that front."

Chelsea are eyeing a left-back and a striker in the January window, now that the club's Fifa transfer ban has been lifted after an appeal to CAS.

Morris insisted Chelsea will not recruit simply for the sake of it.

"There's maybe a couple of areas you'd be looking at," said Morris. "It will all depend on what the movements are from within the club as well. There's no point bringing anyone in who wouldn't improve us. Everybody's valuable."

Morris stepped in at short notice for Chelsea's press conference yesterday, with boss Frank Lampard suffering from a bug.

Lampard took training yesterday and will take charge of tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Several Chelsea players have also suffered from the same bug, with Fikayo Tomori a doubt for the Forest encounter.

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