Olivier Giroud will remain at Chelsea for the rest of the season.
The 33 year old Frenchman had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge even before the transfer window opened, because of his need to be playing regular first team football in order to ensure his place in the French squad for Euro 2020.
Inter Milan were believed to be interested in him and there was late talk of potential bids from Spurs and Lazio.
In the end though he is staying put, mainly because Chelsea failed to secure any significant incoming business of their own, despite their FIFA transfer ban being lifted. With Tammy Abraham currently injured, that left the West London side short of options in the forward department, meaning that Giroud has to stay.
Speaking about the club’s failure to do any business in the transfer window, a frustrated Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said: It’s clear we wanted to bring players in, I certainly wanted to bring players in, I think I made that pretty clear over the last few weeks and it hasn’t happened.”
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