Maurizio Sarri does not appear prepared to give Olivier Giroud a choice over whether to remain at Chelsea beyond this season.
Giroud is the top goalscorer in the Europa League this season, but has been forced to live off scraps in the Premier League.
As Sky Sports report, Giroud has not shied away from sharing his discontent, even go as far as suggesting he may have to depart. “I am not happy to be the second striker”, he said.
Though Sarri would likely be reluctant to keep a player against his will, he must fancy his chances of improving Giroud’s mood.
Following our 4-3 win on Slavia Prague last night, Sarri is quoted by Sky Sports revealing that the decision on Giroud’s future has already been made:
“He is sure, because the club has an option for another year, another season.”
“I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option. So, he will remain.”
Giroud would have been allowed an easier escape from the club if his contract were to expire, but him re-signing would not absolutely guarantee that he will remain.
If he were to push for a move away, Chelsea would have little choice but to stand aside. At least we’d bank a few million in exchange, rather than losing him on a free.