Callum Hudson-Odoi had already gone past him on multiple occasions, scoring the first goal of Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup third-round win and helping to set up Ross Barkley for the second, and the Nottingham Forest left-back was not going to let it happen again. The Milan-based club have been in the market to sign players who can increase the squad depth for the rest of the campaign as manager Antonio Conte has often complained about the lack of options available.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho, now in charge at Tottenham but then working as a pundit for Sky Sports, had revealed his fears for new boss Frank Lampard's youthful squad, with the club having been unable to recruit in the summer due to their Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban.
I have spoken with him.
When asked if Giroud should leave Chelsea, Deschamps added: "I think yes".
For clubs like Chelsea, the FA Cup's early rounds present a peculiar challenge.
With Chelsea facing their first hard period (3W-1D-5L in their last nine Premier League games) under the first-year Blues boss, there have been questions asked about Lampard's calm temperament and friendly demeanor, but Morris insists the club's legendary midfielder-turned-manager is happy to law down the law when necessary.
Telegraph Sport has been told by sources in London that Newcastle made contact with Chelsea last week to discuss whether they would listen to loan offers for Giroud but were told there is no chance of a move to Tyneside at this stage. A year ago everyone was talking about him for different reasons, he got a awful injury, he came back very early.