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Chelsea are definitely planning ahead of the transfer ban as Olivier Giroud becomes the latest Chelsea player to sign a new deal.
The 32-year-old has signed a one-year deal that will keep at Stamford Bridge until 2020.
Giroud’s contract was to end this summer and he has already been linked with a return to France, with Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice all rumoured to be interested in the Chelsea striker. However, the Frenchman will remain at the club for one more season, as Chelsea have persuaded the World Cup winner to stay put and activated an optional one-year extension that was inserted into the contract he signed when joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
Giroud has been a valuable player in the Europa League this season as he has banged in 10 goals and will be key in the final against his former side.
On signing his contract extension, Giroud told the official Chelsea website: “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.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said of the deal: “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 to 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 so far made 62 appearances and scored 17 goals for Chelsea.