Sarri insists Olivier Giroud will stay put with Chelsea next season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has indicated that Olivier Giroud won’t be parting ways with the west London side when the transfer window reopens in the summer. The France international has largely played as a back-up striker for the Premier League duties and he has publicly expressed his frustration regarding the same in local interviews.

As such, there have been reports that Giroud could push for a fresh challenge elsewhere ahead of next season, but Sarri has stressed that won’t be the case. Speaking in a press conference, Sarri indicated that the marksman has a 12-month option available on his existing contract and the club have already assured him that the Frenchman won’t be leaving on a Bosman this summer, he said: “He [Giroud] is sure [to stay] because the club has an option for another year, another season. I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option. So, he will remain.”

The World Cup winner had made the switch to Chelsea from Arsenal at the start of 2018 with the view of securing more gametime
.However, the move has not quite worked out with Alvaro Morata initially being preferred ahead of him for the league duties, and the same role has been handed
over to Gonzalo Higuain
,who joined on a short-term loan from Juventus this winter.

Giroud has made 18 starts for the club across all competitions but only seven of those have come in the Premier League. Both the Frenchman and Higuain started on the bench during the recent league defeat at Liverpool, but even then, the latter was preferred ahead of him for a cameo. The Frenchman has been attracting interest from his homeland of late, but it appears that he could stay put with Chelsea next term, considering the recent two-window transfer ban sanctioned by FIFA.