Frenchman signs on for one more year at Stamford Bridge

It was confirmed within the last hour that Chelsea have exercised the option to extend the contract of Olivier Giroud and the centre-forward will now be staying at the club until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The French international joined the club from London rivals Arsenal for £18m in January last year. The deal was for an initial 18-months, but also included an 12-month extended option, which the club have activated today.

Since joining the club, Giroud has gone on make 62 appearances, scoring 17 goals in the process. His time at SW6 has also includes winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France, along with being the current joint-top scorer in this season’s UEFA Europa League with ten goals.

Those goals in Europe this season have proved to vital, as they have helped with Chelsea reaching the final – played next week in Baku, Azerbaijan – which is against his former club.

By scoring ten goals (so far), Giroud becomes the first Chelsea player ever to reach double figures for goals in a single season of European football.

When signing his contract extension, Giroud appeared to be happy with extending his stay in the west side of England’s capital:

“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.”

– Olivier Giroud

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was also happy with the Frenchman signing on for one more year:

“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.”

– Marina Granovskaia

If we’re being honest, this was going to happen. With what appears the more (unfortunate) likely possibility that the transfer ban will not be frozen during the summer, the club has no choice but to start holding to players that are deemed to be replaceable in a normal transfer window.

With the future of Gonzalo Higuaín appearing to be back in Italy and Álvaro Morata not wanting to return to London by hoping to make his loan move at Atlético Madrid permanent, that leaves Chelsea with only Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi right now as our striking options come next season.

This transfer ban is definitely going to hurt us in the short-term, especially up front as goalscoring has been an issue for us for the last couple of seasons.

Hopefully, Olivier can celebrate this new deal by scoring the winner against his former club in Baku next week.

Terry Sazio

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