Olivier Giroud has denied that he’s already signed a new contract with the club, but has hinted that he’s not far away from putting pen to paper.
The 30 year old started just his first Premier League game of the season in the 1-0 win over West Brom, and despite not playing much seems ready to extend his stay at the club he joined in 2012.
“People have been saying I have signed a new contract,” he said. “It is not true but may be soon.”
He also spoke about a campaign which has been challenging for him on a personal level. Having lost in the final of Euro 2016, he came back late, Alexis took his chance up front, and he had to deal with an injury which cost him 6 weeks of competition.
He sounded sanguine enough, but there was certainly an undertone of frustration.
“I was speaking with the boss, we had a couple of discussions together and he explained to me why I hadn’t played too much until here,” he said.
“I came back a bit late from the Euros and it was nice for my body because I could rest but not good for me because the team was doing well and another striker was doing well up front,” he said.
“This season has been difficult because also I was injured for a month and a half, so it hasn’t been easy. Today I played, I tried to give everything for the team and hopefully things will change for me.
“But as long as the team is getting better I am happy and I am part of the club since five years and I want to carry on.
“But we have to see, I need more time of games but we will see in the future. The best thing is to keep within distance of Chelsea.”