Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has signed a one-year contract extension with the club to keep him at Stamford Bridge next season according to reports by The Blues’ official website.

The 32-year-old FIFA World Cup winner was set to become a free agent at the end of next month but the player has opted to remain a Chelsea player for the 2019/2020 campaign.

Giroud joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in January 2018 but the forward has struggled for game time and has so often been used from the bench. The player’s best form has come in the UEFA Europa League this season where he has topped the goalscoring charts with 10 goals in 13 games.

Many had expected Giroud to leave The Bridge this summer in search of more regular first team football, however, he has decided to remain with the club next season with a return to the UEFA Champions League on the cards.

After starting his career with Grenoble, Giroud went on to enjoy spells with Istres, Tours and Montpellier before joining Arsenal in summer 2012 in a deal which was reportedly worth close to £10 million. The striker went on to score 105 goals in 253 appearances for The Gunners in five-and-a-half years in North London.

A shock Transfer Deadline Day move to Chelsea was completed in January 2018 following the loan exit of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi but Giroud has arguably endured a more frustrating spell at The Bridge than he had planned.

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