Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has snubbed interest from a number of Ligue 1 outfits to put pen to a new one-year deal with the Premier League giants.
Chelsea have managed to tie down another player to a new contract, as star striker Olivier Giroud has extended his stay at Stamford Bridge for the 2019-20 season, the club confirmed on their official website.
Having been hit with a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea are doing their best to hold on to their current crop of players heading into the next season. The Blues had successfully managed to extend David Luiz’s contract by two years recently and have now tied down Giroud for another year at the club.
Giroud joined Chelsea from fellow London club Arsenal back in January 2018, signing an eighteen-month deal that would have run out at the end of the season. Since making the switch to Stamford Bridge, Giroud has made 62 appearances across all competitions, bagging 17 goals in the process.
ICYMI: @_OlivierGiroud_ has signed a contract extension with the Blues! ✍️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 21, 2019
The 32-year-old was part of the side that lifted the FA Cup last season and has been a key figure in their run to the finals of the UEFA Europa League this time out. Giroud is the joint top-scorer in the Europa League this term along with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic, with ten goals to his name.
In the process, Giroud also became the first ever Chelsea player to reach double figures for goals in a European competition in a single season. However, despite making valuable contributions to the Blues’ European campaign, the Frenchman was sparingly used by manager Maurizio Sarri in the Premier League.
Indeed, Giroud made just 7 league starts in the 2018-19 season and had gone on to air his displeasure over the situation publicly, hinting at the possibility of a summer exit with Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais emerging as a possible destination.
There had been significant interest in the 32-year-old from OGC Nice as well, while Marseille too were monitoring his situation. However, he has put all transfer speculations to rest, by signing a new one-year contract with Chelsea, extending his stay till the end of the 2019-20 season.
On signing his contract extension, Giroud said, “I am very happy to sign a new contract. I really wanted to stay at least one more year – I have felt a part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come.”
Having put an end to the talks surrounding his future, Giroud will now be hoping to fire Chelsea to a trophy, when the Blues face his former club Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final later this month.