Advantage from transfer ban
Until recently, signs had been pointing towards a farewell between Olivier Giroud (Photo) and Chelsea FC: The 32-year-old striker stressed several times that he could imagine a transfer, and that his contract expires in the summer. However, as Giroud now revealed to the French football channel “Téléfoot,” he is now planning his future, even after this season, with the London club.
When asked, Giroud denied that the current season will be his last with the Blues. The reason for his change in attitude could be the club’s transfer suspension. “We will see what the future holds for me because the club cannot sign players at the moment,” the France International was quoted by “RMC Sport.” As a result of the ban, he would again be hoping to have a more important role in the squad.
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This season, Giroud has had most of his appearances in cup competitions – since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuaín (31) in January, his minutes of play in the Premier League have continued to diminish.
The striker continues not to rule out a return to his home country. While Giroud is happy in England, a future return to France is an “interesting possibility.” The attacker, who switched from HSC Montpellier to Arsenal FC in the summer of 2012, has identified Olympique Lyon as a wishful solution in the event of a transfer back to his home country.
“Lyon is a very good club,” Giroud explained. Giroud had a flattered response to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas’ attempts at recruitment: “You like to hear words like that, especially from Aulas.” When speaking to the French daily “Le Figaro,” the president confirmed his interest in Giroud.