Ambition is what will drive Olivier Giroud away from Chelsea — and it may be Frank Lampard’s best chance of convincing the Frenchman to stay.

The veteran striker’s late winner in Rennes will have only strengthened his own belief that he still has many more of those moments left in him.

In his mind he will be thinking about doing likewise for France at next summer’s Euros. Which is why the prospect of a season on the fringes at Stamford Bridge could be so damaging to his international prospects.

Even at 34, he has ambitions of leading his country’s attack at a major tournament. And there will be no shortage of clubs willing to offer him the regular football he craves if he pushes for a move in January.

What Lampard needs to do is convince Giroud his ambitions can be realised at Chelsea, even if only as a member of the supporting cast.

He may be a World Cup winner but the biggest club honours have evaded him.

In eight years in England he has never won the Premier League, never lifted the Champions League trophy. Yet with each passing week this

Chelsea team look increasingly like genuine contenders on both fronts.continue reading

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