Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri announced that Olivier Giroud will remain at the club for next season, despite his obvious discontent at the moment.
The French striker has only been named a starter seven times in the Premier League this season, with the majority of his game time coming in the Europa League.
Chelsea’s loan capture of Gonzalo Higuaín in January has further restricted Giroud’s opportunities under Sarri, who has even opted to field Eden Hazard as a centre-forward instead of the former Arsenal man at times this term.
In light of this, Giroud made it clear this week he might walk out of Stamford Bridge in the summer as he’s not happy playing second fiddle to Higuain and Hazard.
However, it appears the France international’s threat has come to nothing as Sarri and the Chelsea board intend to activate an option to extend his contract by another 12 months.
“He is sure, because the club has an option for another year, another season,” Sarri told Sky Sports on Giroud’s future.
“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 [Granovskaia] two days ago and Olivier will remain with us and she didn’t say to me anything about this question.”
Giroud became the first Chelsea player to score 10 goals in a single European campaign in Thursday’s 4-3 thriller against Slavia Prague.
Pedro’s double and an own goal from Simon Deli were enough to earn Chelsea a 5-3 aggregate win in their Europa League quarter-final tie, despite a poor second-half display in their second leg clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues will next meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the competition. The first leg will take place at the Commerzbank-Arena in Germany on May 2 before they meet up in London a week later for the return fixture.