Giroud happy at Chelsea and open to Chelsea stay
Olivier Giroud has admitted that he has not ruled out the option to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season.
The French striker has had a tough period this season but has recently been trusted to lead Chelsea’s attack in place of the injured Tammy Abraham.
Giroud was pretty much Frank Lampard‘s third option striker behind Tammy and Michy Batshuayi in the first half of the season. The 33-year-old made more appearances for France than for Chelsea from August to February.
Giroud was named in the starting line-up at the end of February where he scored the important opening goal in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. He has started in four consecutive games since.
Asked if he wants to prolong his stay at Stamford Bridge, Giroud told Goal: “Yes. Of course.
“There are a few months to go, games to win and maybe another trophy, and after, you know, I think I have two (or) three nice seasons in front of me.
“It’s not the time to talk about contracts and everything but I will take a decision when it comes.”
Lampard promised Giroud his chance would come
Giroud also revealed he had a discussion with Lampard about his future, saying: “It was a tough month for me.
“I just spoke with the manager and I believed what he said, that I would get my chance and he has given me my chance. I have basically tried to give his confidence back on the pitch.
“I do my job the best that I can and I’m very happy to be back in the team.
“Of course, my confidence is better. The transfer window is behind me. I’m a Chelsea player, I’m happy here again and that’s the most important thing. Even if I don’t score, I try to help the team.”
Giroud will be out of contract this summer, but will likely be offered a one-year extension.
He has been a great servant to the club since his arrival in 2018. He keeps being professional this season despite his lack of minutes at Chelsea puts his chance for Euro in jeopardy.
He makes a good option for Lampard since he offers a different play style to Tammy and his influence in the dressing room will also help the young Chelsea squad.