Chelsea trigger one-year extension in Olivier Giroud’s contract despite his frustration over a lack of game time
- Chelsea have triggered a one-year extension in Olivier Giroud’s contract
- The Frenchman had appeared to be leaving the club due to a lack of game time
- He recently voiced his frustrations over his bit part role in Maurizio Sarri’s squad
- Giroud will remain at Stamford Bridge for another season, the Italian revealed
Chelsea have triggered a one-year extension in Olivier Giroud’s contract to ensure he stays at Stamford Bridge past this summer.
The Frenchman had appeared to be leaving the club this summer after becoming increasingly frustrated with a lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea have triggered a one-year extension in Olivier Giroud’s contract to ensure he stays put
EUROPA LEAGUE TOP SCORERS
10 – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
8 – Luka Jovic (Frankfurt), Munas Dabbur (RB Salzburg), Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)
5 – Sebastian Haller (Frankfurt), Fredrik Gulbrandsen (RB Salzburg), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis)
However, after Thursday night’s European win over Slavia Prague, Sarri revealed the club have taken their option to extend his contract for another 12 months.
Sarri said: ‘He is sure (to stay) because the club has an option for another year, another season.
‘I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option.
‘So, he will remain.’
Despite Giroud’s impressive performances in European competition, both Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain have been preferred by Sarri in the Premier League this season.
With Higuain unlikely to be kept on this summer, Chelsea are also yet to overturn their transfer ban and the Blues have moved to tie down one of their leading attackers in case they cannot purchase players during the next two transfer windows.
Giroud is the top scorer in the Europa League after scoring 10 goals in the competition
Despite Giroud’s impressive performances in Europe he has struggled for domestic football
Giroud, who scored in the 4-3 win over Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge, admitted before the game that he is ‘very frustrated’ by his role in the team.
He said: ‘When the boss gives me a chance to bring something else to the team, I try to give my best and I am fully committed.
‘I have been efficient. It has worked up until now so hopefully I will get some more goals to get us to the final. Trust me, I am very frustrated when I am not on the pitch but I don’t want to show it.
‘I am not happy to play second choice so that’s why I have said next year I will need to have a more important role. I don’t know whether it will be here. I have no clue about that. I have to meet Marina (Granovskaia), but obviously I’m happy to be here.
‘The thing is I just want to enjoy it. It’s not because I’m 32 and have won the World Cup, because I don’t want to retire.
‘I want to be the first choice. They must talk to me before the end of the season.’