Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will be a Chelsea player next season after the club activated a clause in his contract to keep the France international at Stamford Bridge for a further 12 months, according to Telefoot.
The 32-year-old had been linked with a return to France this summer but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was desperate to keep Giroud at the club after a season in which he scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in 44 appearances.
Sarri confirmed last month Chelsea would trigger a 12-month extension clause in Giroud’s contract and the club has now done that.
Giroud wanted to keep his options open this summer after claiming he wants an important role at any club he plays for next season but with a one year transfer ban looming over the club, Chelsea want to keep the squad intact.
Giroud is the joint-leading goalscorer in this season’s Europa League with 10 goals but had found Premier League opportunities hard to come after being behind both Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order.
FIFA rejected Chelsea’s appeal against the ban and the club will now appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration of Sport but there is no guarantee that Cas will agree to put the ban on hold before the case is heard – likely to be in November at the earliest.
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