Marina explains reason for extending contract of Chelsea player benched by Thomas Tuchel

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It was expected that Olivier Giroud will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, but the club has now extended the contract of the Frenchman for another year.

Giroud has been a Chelsea player for three-and-a-half years, having joined Chelsea in January 2018.

Giroud’s deal was to wind up at the end of the season, but his contract has now been extended by a year.

Giroud will now be a Chelsea player till he’s 35, and it comes as a surprise knowing that he wasn’t given much playing time under Thomas Tuchel towards the end of the season.

Explaining why he was handed a new deal, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019.

“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.

“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”

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