Chelsea have opted to take up an option on striker Olivier Giroud’s contract, extending the player’s current deal by a further year.

The 33-year-old French international frontman was set to become a free agent on 30 June but Chelsea have opted to extend his deal until next summer rather than look for a potential replacement.

The Blues announced that Giroud’s deal has been extended via their official club website earlier today.

Giroud’s contract extension is good news for Chelsea with manager Frank Lampard being desperately short of attacking options. The Blues have just three senior strikers available in youngster Tammy Abraham, hit-and-miss Belgian frontman Michy Batshuayi and Giroud.

The current financial situation for Premier League clubs is very much unstable due to the Coronavirus pandemic therefore retaining the services of one of their out of contract players was an important move for Chelsea. Had Giroud have become a free agent, The Blues boss Lampard would have been forced into the transfer market for another striker, no easy task with there being little money around this summer.

Giroud joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in January 2018 and the player has since gone on to score 21 goals in 76 appearances in all competitions for the South West Londoners.