Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero and striker Olivier Giroud extended their contracts until the end of the 2021 season, Chelsea announced on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old, Olivier Giroud forced himself back into Frank Lampard’s plans just prior to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic and scored Chelsea’s last goal in a 4-0 win against Everton.
Giroud’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but Chelsea have exercised an option to extend that deal for another year.
“I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea,” Olivier Giroud said.
“I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates.”
Former Arsenal striker, Oliver Giroud came close to leaving the Chelsea in January in a bid to further his case for a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad after falling behind Tammy Abraham as Lampard’s first-choice forward.
However, Giroud started Chelsea’s last three Premier League games and a=managed to score in a vital 2-1 win over Tottenham in February.
“Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general,” Frank Lampard said.
“He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings our young squad. I am very pleased that will continue next season.”
Willy Caballero’s new deal will keep him at Stamford Bridge until months before his 40th birthday.
The Argentine briefly displaced the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, earlier this year after a series of costly errors by the Spaniard.
“It is difficult time for everyone right now so I feel blessed by this opportunity and truly appreciate it,” Caballero told Chelsea’s website.
Kepa had reclaimed his place by the time the Premier League was suspended, but Lampard also hailed the importance of Caballero’s experience.
“I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional,” Lampard said.
“He stepped into the team earlier this year and showed his quality, and his experience is invaluable in the dressing room. I’m delighted he will be with us next season.”