BBC Sport report that Chelsea have now extended Olivier Giroud’s contract by one year as the striker was previously set to leave on a free this summer.

The Frenchman, who was said to be on Tottenham’s radar, is now under contract with the Blues until next summer.

Tottenham were linked with the forward in January with reports suggesting that they wanted him to replace the injured Harry Kane (Daily Mail), but the move never materialised.

Spurs were then backed to return for the striker should he become a free agent in the summer (TEAMtalk).

However, the Guardian reported last month that Chelsea could activate a clause in the striker’s contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge by a further twelve months.

BBC Sport have now confirmed that Frank Lampard’s side have taken the option to extend the World Cup winner’s contract after his improved run of form since January.

Giroud is quoted as saying: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

However, this may not completely rule out Tottenham’s chances of landing the Chelsea star as Football.London’s Alasdair Gold suggested earlier in the week Spurs will still explore the possibility of signing Giroud even if his Chelsea contract is extended.

Spurs Web Opinion

Despite Gold’s suggestions to the contrary, I believe this pretty much rules out our chances of landing Giroud. Chelsea may still sell the striker this summer and their move to extend his contract might have been done to ensure they receive a transfer fee for him. However, there is no way that they will want to sell him to a direct rival, especially us.

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