Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists France forward Olivier Giroud will stay at Chelsea next season despite complaining of lack of game time.
Giroud has been linked with a move back to France with Lyon though Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from signing new players for the next two transfer windows for breaking rules related to the signing of overseas youngsters.
The 32-year-year old admitted to being unhappy with his role as a back up to Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain.
Sarri intends keeping Giroud and has decided to extend his contract for a further 12 months.
“He is sure, 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.’’
“He cannot do anything, but I spoke with the club and I spoke with Marina two days ago and Olivier will remain with us and she didn’t say to me anything about this question.” He told Sky Sports.
Giroud has made 39 appearances and scored 12 goals for Chelsea so far this season in all competitions.