Chelsea have extended Giroud’s contract for the 2020-21 season

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Retrieved 21 May 2020, 00:16 IST

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Olivier Giroud was linked with a move away, but he will now stay at Chelsea for 2020-21.

Chelsea have activated an option in Olivia Giroud’s contract that will see the striker stay at the club for the 2020-21 season.

The Blues applied the clause last month because France International was in the final year of its contract, meaning he would become a free agent at the end of the currently suspended campaign.

Frank Lampard had previously discussed Chelsea’s hopes as both Geraud and Willian’s contracts were closed.

There was speculation that if the coronavirus moved out of June due to an epidemic, they would be handed a short-term contract approved by the Premier League to complete the 2019-201 season.

However, after the move was confirmed on Wednesday, striker Giroud – who was quite involved in the move at Inter – will remain at Stamford Bridge next season.

“Since I came back to Chelsea, Olivia has been brilliant as a professional and as a common man,” Lampard said one day on Chelsea’s official website, adding that goalkeeper Willy Caballero also saw him sign an extension.

“He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent, but also with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young team.

“I’m very pleased that will continue next season.”

Giroud, 33, found a difficult opportunity to start this season before Tom became serious in his injury concerns for Tammy Abraham before the flight action was suspended.

He recorded a 4-0 win over Everton, Chelsea’s last trip before the shutdown, when he also hit a derby win over London rivals Tottenham in February.

“I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea,” said Giroud, who arrived from Arsenal in January 2018.

“I can’t wait to go back to play and enjoy competitive football with my teammates.

“I’m looking forward to wearing a Chelsea shirt again, especially when it’s safe to do so in front of our fans on a full Stamford Bridge.”

Chelsea believe the Girods have an important presence as their young squad match under Lampard.

Director Marina Granovskaya said: “His attitude is exemplary when it comes to playing a supportive role.

“It is clear to the club that Olivia continues to be a player in our squad, especially since we have maintained a significant balance between the top quality experience and the attractive young talent we have available.

“She is a proven trophy winner. We hope she can help our new generation to become one.”