Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract at Chelsea, and is set to stay at the club for at least another season.
The ex-Arsenal man was reported to want to leave the club, frustrated at his lack of Premier League opportunities, but, with Chelsea’s looming transfer ban on the horizon, the club decided to exercise an option in his contract which triggered an automatic 12 month contract extension.
That seemed to set player and club on a collision course, but now all appears resolved with Giroud signing his new deal.
Giroud initially joined Chelsea from the Gunners in January 2018 on an 18-month deal. Last season he had to content himself mainly to substitute appearances in the Premier League – he made just seven starts as Maurizio Sarri preferred Alvaro Morata in the first part of the season, and then Gonzalo Higuain in the latter half. However, he has been instrumental in Chelsea’s run to the Europa League final where he is expected to line-up against a familiar foe in the shape of Arsenal.
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