Chelsea announced that Olivier Giroud has signed a new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge to keep him in the club until June 2020.
Giroud joined Chelsea in January 2018 and spoke enthusiastically about his new deal on the official website of the club: “I’m very pleased to sign a new contract. I just wanted to stay at least another year-I felt part of the squad, the family, from the beginning and hopefully, more trophies will come.”
The contract for the 32-year-old was set to expire in June, but Giroud expressed excitement in West London, indicating that he was close to signing a new deal, per Matt Barlow’s Daily Mail.
He said: “I feel really happy at the club. I might need a little more game time but I’m not going to give up. That’s my attitude. That’s how I’m made. It’s not solved yet, but we’re thinking about another year.”
Recently reported Giroud has been persuaded by Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard to prolong his Stamford Bridge stay after previously hinting at an exit due to a lack of starting opportunities.
Seven years have passed since Giroud left Montpellier for the Premier League, but his signature has been in-demand among top-flight clubs in France. A return to Ligue 1 has been confirmed this summer, with as potential destinations mentioned by Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux, and Marseille.
Football. London’s James Benge added that his chances under manager Maurizio Sarri could improve even next season.
The report recognized Chelsea’s forthcoming two-window transfer ban as a factor in why they kept Giroud because of the signing of international minors — which the club appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Gonzalo Higuain, 31, is supposed to join the Juventus parent club when his loan expires, and the club will not be able to sign a substitute until the ban on the move expires.