Report: Olivier Giroud rejects Chelsea's contract offer
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly rejected a one-year contract offer from Chelsea (Calciomercato) as his contract runs out this summer.
The 33-year-old is one of five Chelsea players whose respective contracts expire this summer, including Willian, Pedro, Willy Caballero and Marco van Ginkel.
Giroud had a period in the first half of the season being third in the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted the French international was close to the Chelsea exit in January, with Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte reportedly a fan.
However, Giroud has recently said he is open to a stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer.
He has been given the nod to lead Chelsea’s attack in recent games following the absence of Abraham due to injury.
He scored only two goals in Chelsea’s last five games in which he started, but his link-up and aerial presence were instrumental on the pitch.
Recent developments have made Giroud’s extension seem likely but, according to Calciomercato, the striker has rejected Chelsea’s initial offer.
The report said the Blues are sticking to their policy to only offer one-year contracts to players aged 30 or over, but Giroud wants a two-year deal instead.
Chelsea have been linked with a few strikers for the summer transfer windows including RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.
If Chelsea land another striker this summer it would likely mean a third choice role for Giroud next season.
This will harm his chance of getting into the France squad for the Euros which have been delayed until 2021.