In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Oliver Giroud shares his thoughts on his future.
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Giroud keen on future MLS move
Olivier Giroud has admitted he would like to join a Major League Soccer club before the end of his career but wants to continue playing at the highest level of the game for at least another two years, goal.com reports.
The veteran French striker remains committed to Chelsea after his contract was extended for another year last season. But while he has ruled out the option of retuning to Ligue 1 in the future, he is open to the possibility of moving to the United States at some point before he hangs up his boots.
‘Honestly, a return to France is not my priority. It is not my priority career choice. I do not exclude anything, but if I have to change course, I am currently more focused on a new adventure in a foreign league,’ Giroud told French broadcasters RMC.
‘I hope to play at the highest level for two or three more years if my body allows me. Afterwards, I never hid an interest in a possible challenge in the United States. It was relevant a few months ago, but it was much too early.
‘I'll think about it. I was also close to signing in Italy, I know that the Italians like experienced players. I won't deny myself anything. It will be above all a question of opportunities at that moment.’
Championship club eye move for Rahman
Baba Rahman could be joining a team in England’s second tier on loan with goal.com reporting the left-back is the subject of interest from two Championship sides.
The Ghana international has suffered a number of injury setbacks since he joined Chelsea from German side Augsburg in 2015 and appeared in only two La Liga matches for Mallorca last season before suffering a knee injury. However, there appears to be interest in the defender following his recovery from injury.
‘Baba Rahman has offers for a season-long loan move to Championship clubs Watford and Middlesbrough, with the EFL transfer window not closing until October 16,’ states the report.
‘The 26-year-old has not reached his potential since coming to Stamford Bridge in a £14 million deal from Augsburg. His initial struggles were made worse by a cruciate ligament injury at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana that have left him struggling to hit peak fitness ever since.
‘However, there have been positive moments at his three loan clubs of Schalke, Reims and Mallorca and now he looks set for his first loan in English football.
‘The full-back, whose deal expires in June 2022, is understood to be fully fit now and he has been training at Cobham with the loan group of players.’
Begovic back in favour at Bournemouth
Asmir Begovic has told Bounemouth’s official website he is keen to build on his good start to the season with the south coast club after an unusual campaign in 2019/20 which saw the former Chelsea goalkeeper going out on loan to clubs in Azerbaijan and Italy.
The Bosnia international helped Qarabag win the Azerbaijan league title and had a spell as AC Milan’s reserve goalkeeper before the Covid-19 pandemic halted the Serie A campaign in what he described as a ‘crazy year’.
However, the appointment of Jason Tindall as Bournemouth’s manager after their relegation last season has given the 33-year-old a chance to re-establish himself at the club.
‘There were obviously some changes here and I was shown pretty quickly that I was part of the plans and could compete for the starting spot and help this team be successful,’ said Begovic, who has started in the last three Championship games for the third-placed Cherries.
‘For me there were no other questions, I’m committed to the cause and hopefully now we can have a successful season, turn things around and get back to where we need to get to.
‘I’ve never had any issues with anyone here at the club and I have always wanted to be a part of it. Things are good at the moment, we’re trying to look up and be positive and have a good season.’