Olivier Giroud expected to extend Chelsea stay despite lack of playing time

• Maurizio Sarri encouraged player wants to remain at club
• France striker has been prolific in Europa League

Maurizio Sarri expects Chelsea to take up a one-year option on Olivier Giroud’s contract, having been encouraged that the France striker is keen to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud, an £18m signing from Arsenal last season, has struggled for game-time in the Premier League under the Italian, despite proving prolific in the Europa League. No one can match his nine goals in that competition, though his start in midweek against Brighton – in which he scored his second top flight goal of the campaign – was his first in the Premier League this calendar year.

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