Blow for Tottenham as Chelsea look to extend Oliver Giroud stay
According to the Guardian, Chelsea are keen to activate a clause that will prevent Oliver Giroud from leaving on a free transfer in the summer. This comes as a transfer blow for Tottenham as they have been linked with the player.
The French World Cup winner is in the final few weeks of his contract and looked set to leave on a free. It now appears that his stay at Stamford Bridge could be extended by a year.
The Frenchman endured a difficult start to life under Frank Lampard as he was relegated to the sidelines. With opportunities coming at a premium, Giroud was keen to leave in the January window.
He came close to doing so with the likes of Inter Milan, Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur all keen. In the end, Lampard chose to keep him at the club after the Blues failed to land a replacement.
The 33-year-old has been handed a more prominent role after the injury sustained by Tammy Abraham. He has featured more consistently following the winter break and has impressed.
Chelsea’s move is shrewd considering the uncertainty in the transfer market. By extending the player’s contract, they are ensuring that a proven asset remains at the club.
It is a shame that we haven’t been able to bring the player to Tottenham. A selfless player who holds the ball up well, Giroud could have acted as a focal point in our attack. However, his association with Arsenal does paint a different picture.
Tottenham lack a dependable backup to Harry Kane and Giroud could have been just that. Prior to the season getting suspended, Giroud had made 13 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, scoring three goals – one of which came against us in February.
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In spite of being 33, Giroud still remains an effective player capable of holding his own. If the transfer does go through, He will become the third player in history after Clive Allen and William Gallas to play for all three London giants.