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Olivier Giroud: France striker pens new one-year Chelsea contract

Olivier Giroud celebrates a goal for Chelsea
Olivier Giroud celebrates a goal for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud has given Chelsea a boost by signing a new one-year contract for next season ahead of next week's Europa League final.

Giroud was due to be out of contract this summer, 18 months after his arrival from Arsenal, and had been linked with a return to France as he struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge.

But with the club facing a transfer ban for the next two windows, subject to an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, they were keen to keep a reliable performer in an area of the pitch where they lack depth.

"I am very happy to sign a new contract," Giroud said on the Chelsea website.

"I really wanted to stay at least one more year - I have felt a part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come."

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Olivier Giroud celebrates putting Chelsea in front against PAOK Salonika

The 32-year-old Giroud has scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for the Blues, 10 of them in this season's Europa League to get them to next Wednesday's final against his former club in Baku.

The former Montpellier player helped Chelsea to FA Cup glory in his first season at Stamford Bridge before going on to lift the World Cup with France later that summer.

But though Chelsea have been unsettled in attack this season, sending expensive import Alvaro Morata on loan to Atletico Madrid in January and bringing in Gonzalo Higuain from Juve on a similar deal, Giroud has remained a back-up.

Only seven of his 27 Premier League appearances this season were starts, with most of his playing time coming in Europe where he started 11 games, becoming the first Chelsea player to reach double figures in any European competition in a single season.

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Get all the football gossip from the National Papers1

Paper Talk: PSG Pogba swap?

PSG have approached Manchester United about the possibility of directly swapping Neymar for Paul Pogba according to one of Tuesday's UK newspapers.

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Lampard in talks with Chelsea

Derby have given permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge, the Championship club have announced.

Garry Monk3

Newcastle draw up shortlist

Newcastle have begun drawing up a shortlist as they look for a replacement for manager Rafael Benitez after finally having to turn to plan B.

A complete list of every completed summer 2019 transfer window deal4

Transfer Window: Done Deals

Get all the complete signings in the summer 2019 football transfer window from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe.

Philippe Coutinho at the Nou Camp5

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