Frank Lampard "surprised" by links to Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard "surprised" by links to Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé

The Chelsea boss has, however, sought to distance himself from a talented 23-year-old frontman. Chelsea are now able to sign players after their transfer ban was lifted by Federation Internationale de Football Association in December.

And Lampard says Giroud will be allowed to leave if it suits all parties. He's been a great professional here but we still have to make a decision for the football club and nothing's done yet.

"We want to win at home, we are striving to get in the top four - I think it would be a big achievement if we can do it and if you can't win your home games of course that is going to be something that compromises that", he said. [Dembele] is a player I respect. The club will always come first. "If there's a decision then I'll be a big part of that decision". "Nothing is done yet".

"People like Giroud who isn't getting a game can't be happy".

Christian Pulisic has suffered a "nasty" adductor injury, Lampard revealed, meaning the United States forward will be sidelined for a number of weeks.

Giroud's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, Lampard reiterated that Olivier Giroud, who has been in talks with Inter Milan, will only leave if Chelsea feel a deal is in their interests.

"I think he's got a very, very good squad", Hutchison told Premier League Productions. But he certainly has something that he can contribute here. He has trained brilliantly through this season even without many opportunities.

The Italian is surplus to requirements for Antonio Conte and AC Milan are interested in adding him to the ranks.

"There are quite a few players in the last week that I can say the same about".

"I think everyone is talking about it [Giroud potentially leaving] so I am not going to beat around the bush". Sometimes if we are coming up against teams that are physical then Andreas has to stand up. You see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly his choice of pass, and I want him to be all the things he can be.

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