Kurt Zouma admits Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud is frustrated over his game-time under Frank Lampard

Matt Debono

Centre-back Kurt Zouma has been benefitted from Frank Lampard's arrival to Stamford Bridge this summer. He has returned from loan spells following his horrific injury back in 2016, and has become a first-team regular. 

Alongside Fikayo Tomori at the heart of the Blues' defence, despite only keeping a couple of clean sheets this term, the pair have thrived. 

But unfortunately for Zouma's Chelsea and France teammate Olivier Giroud, the 33-year-old has been forced to sit on the bench, and even miss out on the matchday squad completely this season.

Just four appearances in the Premier League, sitting third in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge - being Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.

Kurt Zouma spoke to Canal+ over the forward's game-time, and has admitted he is frustrated, and wants to be more involved. 

"[Olivier] Giroud is frustrated, he wants to play more, like any other player and he wants to be on the pitch, but he is taking everything calmly. He is a professional, he works hard in training. I have a lot of respect for the player he is," Zouma said.

"As someone in the dressing room, he gives advice to Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi. He wants the best for the team and that is why he is a good person."

The 33-year-old's contract is set to expire next summer, and he is expected to leave upon the expiration of the deal, with Frank Lampard set to bolster his attacking line-up with a younger face. 

Pedro could also depart next summer, as his deal is also set to run out next summer. 

Chelsea travel to Manchester City in the next domestic fixture for the Blues once the international break has come to a close. 

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