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Chelsea have taken the option to extend Olivier Giroud’s contract, keeping the France forward until the end of 2020-2021 season.

The 33-year-old’s contract was to end on June 30th, meaning he would have become a free agent at the end of the currently suspended campaign.

Giroud had been linked with a move to Serie A side Inter Milan.

There was speculation that Giroud would be handed a short term deal permitted by the Premier League to allow him complete the current season, if it were to run beyond June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘’I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea,’’ Said Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018.

‘’I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates.

‘’I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.’’

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised Giroud: ‘’Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

‘’He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.’’

Chelsea also extended Willy Caballero’s contract by a further year meaning the goalkeeper will be at Stamford Bridge until the end  of next season.

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