Olivier Giroud says he could leave Chelsea in January but revealed he wants to stay at the club and his priority is to fight for first-team selection.The French striker said earlier this week that he is unhappy being a reserve with at Stamford Bridge, although he was quick to point out that he was not being critical of first-year boss Frank Lampard.Giroud has made just three Premier League appearances this term, including only one start, having not truly sealed a starting spot under Lampard or his predecessor Maurizio Sarri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 33-year-old says that the fact that he is frustrated does not mean he will look to leave, however, as he says that Chelsea are still his “priority”. “I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea. The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January,” Giroud said following France’s draw with Turkey on Monday.”If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice… I have some beautiful years in front of me. I’m 33, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle and I feel good physically.”I want to have fun and want to play more games. Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.”He added: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”Giroud scored France’s only goal in Monday’s 1-1 draw, firing just four minutes after coming off the bench to replace Wissam Ben Yedder.The goal was Giroud’s 38th international finish, and it was a meaningful one for the striker, who is looking to build on a strong international performance while using taht momentum to regain a spot at the club level.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference,” he said.Chelsea are set to face Newcastle this weekend following the conclusion of the international break as the Blues sit fifth in the Premier League through eight matches.After that, the focus will turn towards the Champions League as Chelsea take on Ajax in their next European match. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
He was produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today and remanded till May 26.Investigations had found that the section of the building which collapsed last week was an unauthorized construction. (Colombo Gazette) The owner of the building in Wellawatta which collapsed last week killing two people and injuring several others was arrested and ordered to be remanded.The owner of the ‘Excellency’ building had surrendered to the police last night and was arrested.
Nabeel Rajab was arrested on Wednesday as he returned to Bahrain following a trip overseas where he discussed the human rights situation in his country with a number of interlocutors, including the UN, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Initially charged with publicly insulting a Government institution on social media, Mr. Rajab has been detained for a week pending investigation. “We urge Bahraini authorities to immediately release Nabeel Rajab and all other individuals detained for peaceful exercise of their rights,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva. “Human rights defenders in Bahrain must be able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.”Mr. Rajab’s detention is the latest incident involving the arrest of a prominent human rights defender by Bahraini authorities, coming just one month after activist Maryam al-Khawaja was stopped and charged with assaulting two police officers. Ms. Al-Khawaja was detained while travelling to Bahrain on her Danish passport to visit her father, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 and whose health condition is reportedly deteriorating.She was subsequently detained at the airport, apparently because her Bahraini passport had expired. She was then transferred to a women’s prison on charges of assaulting a police officer but has since be conditionally released. “The detention of high-profile human rights activists like Nabeel Rajab and Maryam Al-Khawaja sends a chilling message to other lesser-known activists of the consequences they may face for any criticism of the authorities,” Mr. Colville continued, noting that Mr. Rajab had already expressed apprehension regarding the potential reprisals he expected to face upon his return to Bahrain. “Human rights defenders in Bahrain must be able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals,” he added.