Olivier Giroud & Chelsea
At the end of the season Olivier Giroud’s 18-month contract at Chelsea is up.
Giroud joined the Blues from Arsenal last January.
According to Goal.com reporter Nizaar Kinsella, Maurizio Sarri has confirmed intentions to keep Giroud at Stamford Bridge next season:
Yes, of course. I know the club have an option for another season, so I think he will remain. I think so [that he wants to stay].
Now 32, Giroud has struggled to lock a fist team place at Chelsea this season. He’s recently been battling with Gonzalo Higuain for a starting spot.
The French World Cup winner has two goals and four assists in 23 league matches.
Giroud has been prolific in the Europa League with nine goals in nine games.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) April 6, 2019
Will Giroud be as effective next season?
Many Chelsea fans have commented on the relationship between Eden Hazard and Giroud.
Put simply, Hazard’s best performances come when the French forward is on the field.
But will Hazard even be a Blue next term?
It’s feeling increasingly likely that the Belgian will switch west London for Real Madrid in the off-season.
Roman Abramovich & Gianfranco Zola
Sarri has also made some interesting comments about Roman Abramovich’s current involvement in the club.
Abramovich hasn’t been seen at Stamford Bridge for months, while last week the Times reported the Russian no longer owns a box at the club he owns.
Yet Sarri has told the press that Abramovich stays connected through Gianfranco Zola:
More Zola than me. Because Zola speaks English better than me, of course. He has some problems now, but he is involved with the club, with the team.
Of course. He is the owner, and so he can influence the technical staff, the club, the players, everything I think. Also in Naples, the president Aurelio [De Laurentiis] wasn’t in the training ground every day. He was in the training ground once a month, no more. So it’s very similar.
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