Chelsea make announcement after world cup winner Giroud officially agrees deal to be Blues player next season
Chelsea have confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud has decided to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Despite the pending transfer ban that Chelsea are trying to overturn, there is a lot of speculation that a number of first team players are ready to pack their bags and leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, and Giroud is one of those big named players.
The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge just over 12 months ago and made an immediate impact on the Chelsea side, as well as a number of first team players. But with Gonzalo Higuaín Maurizio Sarri’s first choice to start ninety per cent of games, Giroud has found game time limited this season.
Giroud spoke out about his frustrations at the club and Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has reportedly already sat down with the Chelsea star and discussed a possible move back to France, where he played his entire career before making the big money move to Arsenal in 2012.
But now Chelsea have confirmed that the Frenchman has agreed to stay at the club.
Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia praised Giroud’s contribution since moving to Stamford Bridge.
She said on the Chelsea website: “We are very pleased that Olivier will be a Chelsea player for another season. Since joining us 18 months ago, he has at times had to be patient and wait for opportunities, but has still been able to make a positive contribution for the team.”
“Whether it is his unselfish link-up play or his 10 Europa League goals this season, he has been a crucial member of the squad and we hope he will be able to pick up a second Chelsea winner’s medal in Baku later this month to accompany last season’s FA Cup win.”
Giroud has had a decent spell in the Premier League and is a solid back-up to Gonzalo Higuaín, so it is an easy decision for Chelsea to make sure that he stays for at least one more year, especially as they cant buy any adequate replacements.
However, as soon as they are able to start buying players once again, Chelsea should delve into their transfer kitty and land a more long-term solution, as the club will need to acquire the kind of striker that will bring 30-40 goals a season.
The next 12 months could be frustrating for many fans, but Sarri needs backing in order to keep Chelsea challenging.