Chelsea have confirmed that Olivier Giroud has signed a one-year deal with the club which will extend his stay until the end of the 2019-20 season.
The 32-year-old was out of contract this summer and had been linked with a return to France, with Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice all rumoured to be interested.
However, Chelsea have persuaded Giroud to stay put and activated an optional one-year extension that was inserted into the contract he signed when joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
Speaking about his new deal, Giroud said: ‘I am very happy to sign a new contract. 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.’
Although only seven of the World Cup winner’s 27 Premier League appearances this season have come from the start, Giroud has played an integral role in Chelsea’s run to the Europa League final.
Giroud is the leading goalscorer in the competition this season with ten goals in 13 appearances and as such, is expected to lead the line against his former club Arsenal in the final in Baku at the end of the month.
Since joining Chelsea in an £18m deal from Arsenal last year, Giroud has scored 17 goals in 62 games in all competitions.