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Media Watch: Ex-Chelsea striker explains what Tammy Abraham can learn from Olivier Giroud, Andre Schurrle becomes a free agent, David Alaba not interested in Premier League move

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink discusses Olivier Giroud’s excellent recent form and former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle reveals his thoughts after his departure from Borussia Dortmund.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Hasselbaink reveals what Abraham can learn from Giroud

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has praised the impressive form of Olivier Giroud and encouraged Tammy Abraham to learn from the experience of the Frenchman, Goal.com reports.

The Dutchman lauded Giroud after he netted the winner against Norwich on Tuesday with his sixth goal in his last 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

‘Giroud has been brilliant, a breath of fresh air,’ said the Dutchman to Premier League Productions.

‘What Abraham has to learn, look at him (Giroud)... he brings other players in, he makes other players look better.

‘For me, he (Giroud) needs to score more goals. At times he can be more selfish but what he does and brings to the team is an outlet and that outlet the majority of the time is very secure.’

While the 33-year-old may lack the pace of younger players, Hasselbaink feels his canniness and instincts as a striker make him a formidable player.

‘One thing Giroud is really good at is his movement,’ he added.

‘If you see [his goal against Norwich] he is with the defender but then all of a sudden he’s gone. It’s a feeling and he has that feeling of where the ball is going to go.

‘He’s been so important for Chelsea.’

Schurrle leaves Borussia Dortmund

Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has become a free agent after mutually agreeing his departure from Borussia Dortmund, the German club’s official website announced.

Schurrle joined Dortmund in 2016 but he has spent the past two seasons on loan at Fulham and Spartak Moscow and is leaving the Bundesliga side with one year left on his contract.

‘On reflection, it was a period with highs and lows – but also with many valuable experiences both on a sporting and, in particular, on a personal level,’ said the 29-year-old in the club’s statement.

‘I would like to thank those responsible at BVB and wish the club and its special fans all the best for the future.’

Schurrle scored 14 goals in 65 appearances for Chelsea and received a Premier League winner’s medal in 2014/15 despite leaving the club midway through the season to join Wolfsburg.

Alaba not interested in Chelsea move

According to 90min.com, Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is looking to leave the club but is not interested in a move to the Premier League to join Chelsea or Manchester City.

Citing a report by German newspaper Bild, the website indicated Alaba is hoping for a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid but neither of the La Liga giants appears willing to sanction a move for the 28-year-old this summer.

‘The Austrian defender secured an eighth straight Bundesliga title with Die Roten recently and his performances at centre-back played a key role in his side's late season success,’ stated the report.

‘Despite this, Alaba is said to be considering his future. The defender's current deal expires in 2021 and, unsurprisingly, a number of heavyweight sides have been credited with an interest in signing him.

‘Chelsea and City are among the clubs who are keen, but according to Bild, Alaba has no intention of making a move to the Premier League. Despite previously working with Pep Guardiola during the Spaniard's time in Bavaria between 2013 and 2016, Barcelona and Real Madrid are his preferred locations.’

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