Chelsea sprung a surprise this weekend by confirming that striker Olivier Giroud had extended his contract with the club for another year.
He scored just four Premier League goals last season from 17 appearances and was widely tipped to be heading out of the club this summer.
However, director Marina Granovskaia told the club’s official website that she was delighted to agree a new deal with the Frenchman.
“Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019,” she said.
“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.
“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”
Giroud may be past his prime, but he is still a leader in the dressing room and has a strong work ethic.
He is likely to be a very valuable squad rotation player at Stamford Bridge next season.
Chelsea’s forwards all failed to score goals regularly last term, and it now seems likely that they will sanction a sale or loan of Tammy Abraham this summer.
Earlier this month, Giroud was linked with Crystal Palace and West Ham United. The two London clubs will now need to look elsewhere if they want to reinforce their striker options.
Chelsea have also extended the contract of defender Thiago Silva as reported by their website.
They will be looking to rope in another goalkeeper this summer after releasing Willy Caballero.