Chelsea extend Olivier Giroud contract

 

Chelsea have already wrapped up deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while they are getting closer to securing Bayern Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz. The Blues are also looking to sign a new goalkeeper and a central defender for the next Premier League campaign.

Apart from these deals, one piece of business which might have gone under the radar was the one-year contract extension of Olivier Giroud back in May. The 33 year old was on the verge of leaving the club, having barely played under the new manager Frank Lampard.

It was due to the injury of Tammy Abraham that gave Olivier Giroud a chance to be in the playing eleven, and the French striker has been a major factor for Chelsea to secure a top four spot. His goal in the 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers was his seventh in all competitions since the restart, taking his total to eight in 11 matches. 

Even the ardent Chelsea fans were not sure of Giroud’s future but are now happy to see the 33-year-old striker extending his stay at Stamford Bridge. Despite signing the likes of Werner and Ziyech, Giroud staying at the club could be one of the best piece of business for Frank Lampard’s side.

“Oli has to take all the credit from January onwards. We all know that he wasn’t playing much at the start. Tammy played a lot. I was never unaware of Oli’s talents, but that was just the circumstance at the time. But to have the personality, strength of character and talent to come in and affect things the way he has before the lockdown and then carried it on. He has always been big on the training ground and changing room for me, but I don’t want to talk about that too much because we have to respect the talent of the goals he is scoring.” Lampard said after the Wolves win.