Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud signs new one-year deal with Stamford Bridge
- Olivier Giroud fought this season for regular playing time in the competition
- However, the 32-year-old striker is the top scorer in the Europa League with 10
- Giroud will take the lead for Chelsea in the final in Baku against Arsenal
- He signs a new deal with Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard will leave the club
Olivier Giroud has signed a new deal with Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
The 32-year-old striker has fought this season for regular playing time in the league, but is the top scorer in the Europa League with 10 goals.
Giroud, who came to Arsenal from Chelsea in January 2018, will record his old club in the Europa League final in Baku next week.
Olivier Giroud has signed a new deal with Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 season
He told the Chelsea club website: & # 39; I am very happy to sign a new contract. I really wanted to stay another year longer – I felt a part of the team, the family from the start, and hopefully more trophies will follow. & # 39;
Giroud, who was part of the French team that won the 2018 World Cup, scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for the Blues in all competitions.
This season, he only struck two goals in 27 Premier League games, most of his appearances in replacement cameos, with manager Maurizio Sarri giving Gonzalo Higuain or Eden Hazard as a false nine.
His 10 goals in 13 Europa League appearances – including a & # 39; perfect & # 39; left foot, right foot, header hat trick against Dynamo Kiev – however, have been essential in Chelsea to reach the final of the competition.
He can also get more chances next season, with Higuain sent back to Juventus after his loan game and Hazard were apparently intended to sign for Real Madrid.
With Chelsea under a transfer embargo with two windows, they seem to trust Giroud next season.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: & We are very happy that Olivier will be a Chelsea player again for the next season. Since joining us 18 months ago, he has occasionally had to be patient and wait for opportunities, but he has still made a positive contribution to the team.
& # 39; Whether it is his selfless link game or his goals this season, he has been a crucial member of the team and we hope that he can pick up a second Chelsea winner medal in Baku later this month to win last season's FA accompany Cup win. & # 39;
In an interview with Sportsmail, Giroud said that he fell in love with Chelsea in his 18 months at the club and will not hesitate to beat his former party to win the Europa League.
He said: & # 39; I always like to play against my old teams. It will be difficult, and it can be painful if things don't go well, but you have to set aside the feelings and memories.
& # 39; I enjoyed the years I spent there. It has been a big part of my career, my first club in England and it will always be special, but now I feel my blood is blue. Same as the national team, blue suits me well.
& # 39; I sat down quickly. I immediately felt part of the family. I knew a few of the players and I am a social person, I always try to communicate. It was not difficult to integrate. I always see it as a new challenge. I could not have hoped that it would be better. & # 39;