Date published: Tuesday 21st May 2019 1:07
Olivier Giroud has signed a new one-year contract to stay with Chelsea for a further season.
The 32-year-old striker has scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for the Blues since joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
This season, Giroud has scored 10 goals in the Europa League to help Chelsea reach the final against his former team.
The 18-month deal Giroud signed when he joined from Arsenal expired this summer, and as the World Cup winner struggled for regular playing time there had been speculation he could seek a return to his homeland.
But with Chelsea still facing a transfer ban this summer, subject to an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the club were keen to retain Giroud in an area of the pitch where they remain short of depth.
“I am very happy to sign a new contract,” Giroud said on the Chelsea website. “I really wanted to stay at least one more year – I have felt a part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come.”