French striker Olivier Giroud has penned a new one-year contract with Chelsea.
The 32-year-old former Arsenal forward has scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for the Blues since joining them in January 2018 from the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud has so far netted 10 times in the Europa League this season to help Chelsea reach the finals in which they will face off with their London rivals, Arsenal in Baku on May 29th.
Having put pen to paper, the Frenchman said: “I am very happy to sign a new contract. I really wanted to stay at least one more year – I have felt part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come.”
Giroud, who is the first Chelsea player ever to hit double figures for goals in a single season of European football had his 18-month deal expire this summer.
The French World Cup winner, who has struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge this season, had been subject to speculation linking him with a move back to Ligue 1.
With Chelsea still facing a transfer ban this summer, it’s important that they hold onto the players they currently have although it’s already been reported that they won’t be retaining the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain.