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'I want more and more': Olivier Giroud determined to earn starting spot for Chelsea after Europa League hat-trick Olivier Giroud grabbed hat-trick in Europa League last-16 win over Dynamo Kiev  The Frenchman insisted he wanted the chance to earn starting spot up front   Giroud has mostly been a back-up at Stamford Bridge since joining in 2018

By Adam Crafton for MailOnline

Published: 12:43 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 13:09 GMT, 15 March 2019

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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

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

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