Done deal- striker puts pen to paper as Chelsea chiefs wait on transfer ban appeal

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Chelsea are keeping hold of Olivier Giroud with the west Londoners potentially facing having to accept a two-window transfer ban.

The Blues have opted to activate a clause in Giroud’s contract that sees him stay at the club until the summer of 2021.

According to Get French Football News, Chelsea have decided to exercise the option to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri’s preference for other forwards on the domestic front has, though, led to suggestions he could leave.

The France international managed to notch 12 goals, with only two of them coming in the league.

His main impact for the Blues has been in the Europa League, where he and his team-mates will come up against Arsenal, Giroud’s former side, in the final.

Giroud was poised to leave Chelsea this summer, with his previous deal expiring at the end of next month, but the club have moved swiftly to avoid that possibility.

The London side want to keep their squad intact with a one-year transfer ban looming large.

Fifa have rejected Chelsea’s appeal against the punishment for breaches of regulations over transferring minors the governing body handed out in February.

The Blues will try their luck again, appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (Cas) in Lausanne.

But there is no guarantee that Cas will agree to put the ban on hold before the case is heard – likely to be in November at the earliest.

It is understood that Eden Hazard fears the ban might scupper his £100m dream Real Madrid move.

Being potentially unable to spend the cash the Belgian’s transfer would bring in, Chelsea are even considering keeping their star for the final year of his contract – before losing him on a free in 2020.

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