Olivier Giroud has signed a one-year deal Chelsea which will extend his stay until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 32-year-old was out of contract this summer and had been linked with a return to France, with Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice all rumoured to be interested. However, Chelsea have persuaded Giroud to stay put and activated an optional one-year extension that was inserted into the contract he signed when joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
Giroud has scored 10 goals in this season’s Europa League to help Chelsea reach the final against his former team. He actually is the first Chelsea player ever to hit double figures for goals in a single season of European football. On signing his contract extension, Giroud said: “I am very happy to sign a new contract. I really wanted to stay at least one more year – I have felt part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come.”
The 18-month deal Giroud signed when he joined from Arsenal expired this summer, and as the French World Cup winner struggled for regular playing time there had been speculation he could seek a return to his homeland. She said: “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 for the team.”