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Jody Morris provides update on Blues striker, as Aston Villa and Crystal Palace show interest

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Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has been speaking about the future of French striker Olivier Giroud, ahead of the Blues FA Cup home tie against Nottingham Forest.

The Frenchman has been subject to speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge throughout the season. Only a few weeks ago Inter Milan were believed to be close to agreeing terms with the former Arsenal man. However, that link has cooled since the transfer window opened.

Crystal Palace have continued to he linked. The Metro claiming he could move as part of the Blues reported deal for Wilfried Zaha.

The most recent rumour involves Aston Villa. The Sun claim the west-midlands are on the lookout for an alternative to Wesley Moraes. The Brazilian is out for the rest if the season after suffering knee ligament damage in the Villans win at Burnley on New Years Day.

Morris made it clear during his press conference that Giroud will not be going anywhere unless the Blues have a replacement in place. Chelsea’s assistant said:

“He still plays for Chelsea. It has to be for the benefit of the club. We can’t just let him walk out of the club and make us short. Of course, you think of the player as well, he has been a class act.”

Giroud has had a frustrating season so far. After playing a huge part in Chelsea Europa League success last season, the 33-year-old has figured on only seven-occasions. His only goal came in the European Super Cup defeat to Liverpool. The World Cup winner hasn’t featured since a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham three weeks ago. His performance was greeted by frustration from Chelsea fans.

So who will the Blues target as a replacement? Or will Giroud stay?

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