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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was strongly linked with an exit from the club in the January transfer window as Inter Milan was his most likely destination.
The Frenchman was Frank Lampard’s third choice striker and he had only featured in 7 games for the Blues by January. It was a torrid time for the World Cup winner, and one could have imagined his frustration as he didn’t leave the club in January.
However, Giroud has now cemented his place as the first choice striker in the absence of Tammy Abraham, and he has been good so far. He has now revealed that he’s happy at the club and could even consider signing a contract extension.
“Yes. Yes. Yeah, of course,” he told the Evening Standard.
“There are a few months to go, games to win and maybe another trophy, and after, you know, I think I have two (or) three nice seasons in front of me. It’s not the time to talk about contracts and everything but I will take a decision when it comes.”
“It was a tough month for me. I just spoke with the manager and I believed what he said, that I would get my chance and he has given me my chance.
“The transfer window is behind me. I’m a Chelsea player, I’m happy here again and that’s the most important thing.”
The big question now is: will Giroud be needed at Chelsea next season?
There isn’t a straightforward answer to that question as Giroud is an asset wherever he finds himself, but the big problem is that he isn’t a first choice striker that will bang in the goals every week, and Chelsea will be keen to sign a top striker to compete with Tammy Abraham for next season.
If a new striker comes into the club, Giroud’s position will likely drop again to number three, and it will be back to where we started from.
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