Chelsea have explained the rationale behind their decision to renew Olivier Giroud’s contract by one year.
The Frenchman was poised to leave the club at the end of this season, but a one-year extension was exercised back in April, meaning he will stay at the club for another year.
Giroud’s current deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign but an extension means the 34-year-old’s three-and-a-half-year stay in west London continues for another year.
According to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019.
“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.
“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”
Chelsea have exercised an option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract by one year after churning out superlative performances in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
The 36-year-old joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last August and was quick to make an impact after moving to Stamford Bridge.
Silva had initially signed a one-year contract with Chelsea with the option for an additional season.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “When we brought Thiago Silva in last summer, we knew we were adding a world-class player to the squad. Thiago has duly shown everyone at Chelsea his immense quality throughout this season, and he has had a huge influence on and off the pitch for us.
“We said when he signed that we hoped Thiago would add new trophies to his impressive list of honours, and he has done just that with our success in the Champions League this weekend. We now hope that he carries on in exactly the same fashion in the coming year.”
Sergio Aguero’s father has revealed that Arsenal and Chelsea expressed an interest in signing his son until he signed for Barcelona.
The 33-year-old frontman has departed City as the club’s all-time leading scorer, with the experienced Argentine opting to run down his contract and make a move to Barcelona on a free transfer.
Opportunities were there for a prolific presence to remain in England , but they were passed up in favour of joining fellow countryman Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.
Leonel Aguero told Argentinian radio station Radio La Red: “He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy.
“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future. There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.
“He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together.”
Thomas Tuchel has signed a contract extension with Chelsea which keeps him at Stamford Bridge until June 2024.
The German told Chelsea’s official website: “I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.
“There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘When Thomas joined us in January there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe. He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family.
“Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea.
“We are obviously extremely pleased therefore to retain Thomas for a further two years, and look forward to more achievements in the coming seasons.”
N’Golo Kante received a witty response from his manager Didier Deschamps after arriving a little for his scheduled arrival time to the Les Bleus camp.
The Chelsea star played a starring role in the Blues’ Champions League final win over Manchester City, dominating in the midfield as Thomas Tuchel and his men secured the club’s second title in the competition.
Kante, however, joined up the French national team ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020, with his nation hoping to add a European Championship to their World Cup win of 2018.
He received received a brilliant message from his manager after arriving behind schedule.
Deschamps said: “Why were you late?” and Kante responded: “Sorry, the train was delayed,” with a smile on his face.
The French boss quickly replied: “Just run, you are faster than the train.”