The player could leave Stamford Bridge next summer
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, signing a 18 month contract during the January transfer window. Former manager Antonio Conte prioritized another striker as last summer signing Alvaro Morata struggled to make an impact.
The France International didn’t get much game time during his first few matches but he was eventually ahead of the Spanish striker in the pecking order. He impressed during the short spell, scoring 5 goals and assisting 1 in 18 appearances in all competitions.
The 31 year old helped the Blues to win the FA Cup final against Manchester United as they ended the season on a positive note. It was his 4th FA Cup title as he won 3 with the Gunners before leaving them.
He was selected in the France World Cup squad and helped lead Les Bleus to victory at the World Cup by acting as the focal point in Didier Deschamps’ attack. Though he didn’t score but the manager admitted he was important for the system to click.
The Striker was linked with an exit this summer, with few European clubs showed interest in him. However, he snubbed the chance to join them in order to stay at Stamford Bridge.
He was given his first start this season by Maurizio Sarri against Cardiff City last weekend and was very impressive, assisted first two goals of Eden Hazard’s hat-trick. They won the game 4-1, winning all the 5 fixtures this season and are currently on top of the table.
However, the Frenchman’s current deal will expire next summer and it’s not whether he would be rewarded with a contract extension or not.
Giroud is a top target for Besiktas if the France international departs Stamford Bridge, according to Fanatik.