Chelsea has started damage control limitations even before the start of the new season and transfer window by offering Olivier Giroud a contract extension by one year which can be extended upon expiry.
The French striker was thought to be leaving the club this summer, after being predominantly used from the subs bench last season. However, Chelsea has now opted to trigger the one-year extension clause in his contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge, according to French publication Telefoot.
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The Blues are still awaiting the result of an appeal lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding their two-year ban on transfers imposed on them by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaking rules surrounding the transfer of minors.
Chelsea is hoping the CAS agree to freeze the ban temporarily which would allow them sufficient time to prepare for any impending suspension.