Giroud and his agent had been saying this week that he might need to move on in January to get more football to make sure of his place in France’s summer European Championship plans.

But Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insisted that he wanted Giroud to stay, that he would get minutes on the pitch with the intense schedule coming up – and that he valued the veteran striker, even though before Tuesday he had given him only 127 minutes of action.

Giroud proved his point on Tuesday in Rennes, though, and said: “Every single player is a competitor and wants to be on the pitch to play his part. I am also one of them.

“I want to be efficient and give my maximum for the team, so when I’m on the pitch this is very important for me.

“When the gaffer gives me opportunities I try to do that, keep going and keep believing.

“I try to take every single opportunity I have to score. This one was not the easiest, but I gave everything as usual and I got lucky.

“I tried to win the duel, head the ball on target and I’m happy it went in the back of the net – happy for me and obviously happy for the team.”

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