In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Olivier Giroud issues a rallying call to his Chelsea team-mates, Andreas Christensen explains he is feeling settled about his Chelsea future and Frank Lampard feels Ashley Cole could carry on playing beyond this season.
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Giroud urges Blues to ‘stick together’
According to The Telegraph, Olivier Giroud feels that unity is crucial for Chelsea as we look to ahead to some big games for the club over the next couple of weeks.
A World Cup winner with France last year, Giroud knows the importance of togetherness at a challenging time for the Blues.
‘I have always had to deal with pressure all throughout my career. I played big games with my clubs, the national team, and in these kinds of moments you need to stick together and think collectively with togetherness and be positive,’ said the French striker.
‘We are not in the best position, but we have big games to come. We want to qualify in every single competition, so United [in the FA Cup on Monday] is going to be a massive game. We need momentum and to keep going that way, so we are looking forward to it.
‘We are not worried about the situation and I am sure Man United will drop points [in the league]. We are confident and we want to carry on with a good spirit and humility.
‘We stick altogether, the staff and the team,’ he added. ‘We want to look forward and be positive. That’s it. We will work on the same path and the same targets.’
Christensen happy to remain a Blue
Andreas Christensen has said that he loves being at Chelsea and is happy to know that his future at the club is assured.
The Danish centre-back has not played regularly for the Blues in the Premier League this season but speaking to Danish football website bold.dk, he revealed he is quite happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his spot in Maurizio Sarri’s squad.
‘[There was] a lot of talk but it was quickly made clear that the club still saw me as someone who would play,’ said Christensen.
‘Of course that’s really nice to hear so I just have to keep proving myself. I think I’ve been good the last few times I’ve got the chance and then I can only hope that I’ll be selected more often.
‘Obviously I had a lot of doubts but once the club assured me I am needed, it really wasn’t that hard for me to accept.
‘I’ve been in the club for many years and I still love being here. It’s solely because of the playing time that the transfer consideration started.
‘But I’m looking forward and I’ve come to terms with the situation.’
Lampard backs Cole to continue playing
The pair were re-united last month when Derby manager Lampard signed his former team-mate to a contract until the end of the season.
Cole repaid that faith in him by heading in his first goal for the Rams in their 2-1 loss at Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday and Lampard feels that there is no reason why the veteran left-book cannot extend his professional career.
‘He's been a machine all of his career in terms of fitness and looking after himself. He's as lean as anybody and as long as he has the desire, then that's his call,’ said the Derby boss, as reported by Sky Sports.
‘I'm delighted for him because, at 38, he could comfortably kick back probably now already.
‘I thought he was calm and assured on the ball, as we know, he's obviously got all the experience of his career and then he got his goal, so really good for us and we'll need him.
‘He has a real desire and a humility and a work ethic and I think his performance was good and it will get better because of fitness.’