The future of reported Tottenham Hotspur target Olivier Giroud will be at Chelsea for the next season at least after the Blues officially exercised a one-year option on his contract.
Spurs were heavily linked with the Frenchman during the January transfer window, with Jose Mourinho’s side losing the services of Harry Kane to injury at the start of the year and the Blues man struggling for game time as a whole this term.
Nothing came of it in the end, but Giroud confirmed to French outlet Telefoot in February that he had held talks with Tottenham, only for Chelsea to block his move across London.
And just last month, Spurs were reportedly looking to offer the 33-year-old a “multi-year deal” in hope of tempting him to N17 once his Blues contract expired, according to Teamtalk.
However, Chelsea have now confirmed that they’ve taken up an option to extend Giroud’s contract, keeping the France striker at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2020-21 season.
An injury to Tammy Abraham saw the veteran marksman given a run in the first-team and he performed well until the season was halted due to the global health crisis.
“I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea,” Giroud told the Chelsea website.
Giroud is undoubtedly a talented forward, with Eden Hazard once describing him to Sky Sports as “a targetman, maybe the best in the world. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him. For us, he’s a player to play with.”
Spurs were seemingly hopeful of snapping Giroud up on a free transfer and it looked like a realistic enough proposition, while Corriere dello Sport also linked him to Inter Milan and Lazio, but with his future now settled for another season at least, Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere.