Olivier Giroud has decided to stay at Chelsea and see out the rest of his contract.
The 34-year old Frenchman was widely tipped to leave the club in January, mindful of the warnings of his national team manager that he needs to be playing regular first-team football if he wants to be considered for a spot in the France squad for next summer’s European championships.
However, after his four goals against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, he has been told by Frank Lampard that he will his chance, even if he is not guaranteed a start every match.
The news of his change in mind will come as a disappointment to the many clubs linked with an interest in him, amongst them Inter Milan, Juventus and Inter Miami.
Giroud started and scored the equaliser as Chelsea beat Leeds United at Stamford Bridge in front of 2,000 fans on Saturday evening.
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.