Olivier Giroud will turn 33 at the end of this month and is in his final year of contract at Chelsea.
Frank Lampard was appointed as manager in the summer and the Blues legend has started the France international in only one league game this season, with Tammy Abraham being used as his preferred striker.
The 21-year-old has repaid his manager’s faith by scoring four goals in the first four league matches and Giroud could struggle to find his way into the starting lineup.
Le Figaro interviewed the frontman and asked if Abraham is the player ‘who will put the world champion on the sidelines’.
To which, Giroud said: “Obviously not! I have goals in my head. I’m here to help the new generation, but beware, the retirement time has not come.”
“I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition. I don’t want to be Chelsea’s No. 2 striker, for sure. Just because I’m here as an older brother for young people, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.”
Giroud is aware of the need to feature regularly with the Europa League winners to improve his chances of making it to the France squad for Euro 2020. The 32-year-old knows his position in the national team is not guaranteed.
“Of course. Contrary to what some people think, I do not have a fixed place in the France team,” the Chelsea player explained.
“I know the sacrifices and efforts that must be made to be summoned. It’s up to me to fulfil my mission. As long as I can bring something, the coach can count on me.”