Olivier Giroud is on the verge of agreeing a one year contract extension at Chelsea.
It represents a change of heart for both club and player, who seemed certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season when his current contract ended, with reports that he had agreed personal terms with Inter Milan.
Giroud became disillusioned at Chelsea having lost his place in the starting line-up to Tammy Abraham, and wanted to move elsewhere, with his national team manager Didier Deschamps warning that his place in the France squad was in jeopardy if he was not playing regular football.
However, after potential moves in January fell through, Giroud won his place back after Abraham got injured, and was playing well again and scoring, when football was suspended.
Now the extension not only gives him an extra year, but helps Chelsea protect the value of their investment, so that if he is sold before the end of next season they can still demand a fee for him.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.