Speaking as part of BT Sport’s coverage of Chelsea’s emphatic Europa League win on Thursday night, as reported by the Express, Hoddle explains that the Frenchman will have his fair share of suitors.
I think his contract’s coming up this summer, isn’t it? I think there’ll be a few that are sniffing around. He could easily walk into a few teams. Today he was creative as well. He created a lot of things off him so his all-round game today was excellent.
Giroud started in the Europa League tie, a competition where he has found the lion’s share of his football come from this season, and scored a hat-trick to help the Blues into the last eight.
The striker’s contract expires in the summer but the club does hold the option to trigger a one-year extension should they wish to.
He showed his class once again on Thursday night as his three goals to make him the top scorer in the Europa League.
Giroud has been unable to nail down a regular starting place in the Premier League with Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata previously ahead of him in the pecking order.
Why Chelsea should extend Giroud's deal
He wants to stay
It’s not often you can say this, but Giroud is a player that wants to extend his deal with Chelsea. The club shouldn’t be too quick to write that off.
Experience is key
Giroud is one of the senior members of the squad and as a World Cup winner who has been around the block, his experience will be a great asset for the club to have.
Useful in case of a transfer ban
If Chelsea are stuck with the transfer ban this summer, Giroud will be a great option to have around the squad, providing back-up when needed. It’s not often a player of his quality is happy to play second fiddle.
It’s never a bad idea to have a ‘plan b’ in attack and Giroud gives Chelsea something different to Higuain.