By Adam Crafton for MailOnline
Published: 12:43 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 13:09 GMT, 15 March 2019
Olivier Giroud has warned he is not prepared to settle for a back-up role at Chelsea and the 32-year-old striker insists his fitness records remain among the best at the club.
Giroud has mostly had to make do with second striker status - first to Alvaro Morata and then to Gonzalo Higuain - after signing for the club in an £18m transfer from Arsenal in January 2018.
The Frenchman's hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev in Chelsea's 5-0 Europa League victory on Thursday evening took his tally in the competition to nine for the season.
Frenchman Olivier Giroud wants the chance to become Chelsea's first-choice striker
He has scored only one Premier League goal but started just six top-flight games during this campaign. Manager Maurizio Sarri will likely restore Higuain to the line-up when Chelsea travel to Everton this weekend.
Giroud said: 'I'm 32 but I'm still young. I feel very well physically. When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests (at the club). I have the motivation to carry on.
'Some of the boys asked me why I didn't retire after the