Report: Chelea forward Olivier Giroud won’t be leaving Stamford Bridge in January

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will reportedly be staying at Stamford Bridge during the current January transfer window.

According to ESPN, the forward will be remaining with the Blues until the end of the season.

It is explained that there has been interest from both Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus in the 34-year-old, but manager Frank Lampard will now be able to rely on him for the rest of this campaign.

His Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season, meaning he’s free to negotiate a contract with clubs outside of England, but he’ll be staying beyond this month.

The report adds that Giroud is “likely” to be included in France’s squad for the summer’s European Championships, which remains a big ambition for the international.

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Giroud is an important part of the current Chelsea squad, as he’s a real senior figure with plenty of experience and he continues to be a brilliant source of goals for the club.

The left-footed target man has nine goals in just 16 games across all competitions this season, which is why he’ll be desperate for a recall this weekend away to Fulham in the Premier League and there can be a strong case made that he deserves some more minutes.

He’s still highly regarded by Lampard, who described him as “incredible” (beIN SPORTS) back in November.

With Timo Werner going through a tricky patch of late, Chelsea also have Giroud and Tammy Abraham to call upon in attack.

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