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Olivier Giroud quiet on Laurent Blanc to Chelsea speculation

Giroud quiet on Laurent Blanc speculation
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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud remains tight-lipped on reports linking Laurent Blanc with Antonio Conte's job at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud has refused to comment on speculation linking former France boss Laurent Blanc with the Chelsea managerial position.

The 52-year-old is the latest name reportedly in the frame to take over from Antonio Conte, whose future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear.

Giroud was given his international debut by Blanc in 2011 but, while suggesting that he would not be averse to the appointment of the ex-Paris Saint-Germain manager, he is unsure about the truth of the rumours.

"I do not know at all," he told reporters when asked to comment on the recent press reports. "I hear things being said, but as long as it's speculation, we do not know, we'll see.

"Blanc knows me, he trained me, but it is Antonio Conte who made me come to Chelsea. Antonio Conte is under contract, I do not and will not talk about a new coach."

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has fallen down Chelsea's managerial pecking order due to his £7m compensation fee, while Slavisa Jokanovic and Luis Enrique are also understood to have been ruled out.


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