Olivier Giroud is ‘different class’ and Frank Lampard has no obligation to sell him in January, Chelsea legend Joe Cole claims

Joe Cole has insisted Chelsea have no obligation to sell Olivier Giroud in January and is adamant the Frenchman could have a big part to play in what will be a ‘successful year’ for the Blues.
The World Cup winner appeared nailed on to leave the west London club last season after finding his first-team chances limited due to Tammy Abraham’s sparkling form.
Giroud has become a key member of Lampard’s squad and Cole has insisted he must be kept at ChelseaGETTY
However, he scored eight goals in 11 matches towards the end of the campaign to help Chelsea seal Champions League qualification and earn himself renewed importance in Lampard’s plans.
But once again his minutes in the first-team are limited due to Timo Werner’s summer arrival, and reports have suggested he is pining for a January move.
Nevertheless, Stamford Bridge icon Cole believes Giroud is ‘massively important’ for Lampard and insisted his former teammate should not be pressured to sell him in January.
“I think Giroud has been different class and is a massively important part of the squad,” Cole said.
“Frank would love to keep him and Chelsea are in a position where if they don’t want him to go he doesn’t have to go as he signed a contract.
Former Chelsea winger Cole believes Giroud should be kept at Stamford Bridge at all costsgetty
“He’ll have a big part to play in what will be a successful year for Chelsea.”
Chelsea fought out a goalless stalemate with Tottenham on Sunday, with Abraham missing a couple of good opportunities to break the deadlock from crosses.
And Cole has defender Abraham by saying that any good striker misses chances and praising his good form so far this campaign.
“Tammy’s been excellent,” the former Liverpool man added. “He offers something different to the other guys.
“Having competition for places is important. He won’t be the first striker to miss a few chances.”

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