Respected journalist dismisses Giroud to Juventus rumours

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Earlier this morning reports emerged that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has agreed a two year deal with Juventus.

The clubs reportedly agreed a £5 million deal for the France international.

However, respected Chelsea journalist Simon Johnson has dismissed these rumours and believes that Giroud will remain at Stamford Bridge.

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He tweeted: “Amid reports from Italy about a 2-year contract being agreed with Juventus last night, sources have told me that Olivier Giroud is staying at Chelsea and the camp are not in contact with Serie A side.

“Giroud knows he has a role to play on and off the pitch as a senior squad member.”

The announcement means Olivier Giroud looks set to remain as an attacking option for Blues manager Frank Lampard.

Johnson also said: “There will be the question of how new signings will affect his game time and concerns over being in the France squad for the Euros.

“I’ve been assured that Giroud will be very happy if the team is stronger and challenging for the title.

“With Werner liking to play off the front man, there should be plenty of matches for Giroud, especially with so many fixtures being crammed in a short time.”

Giroud was lined up by Juve manager Andrea Pirlo as a replacement for the departing Gonzalo Higuain. Higuain has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami after being told he isn’t needed in Turin.

Giroud was expected to provide backup for Cristiano Ronaldo, but it looks like he will instead play up front with Timo Werner this season.

The 33-year-old proved his value to the Blues last season by scoring eight goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

He’s an important part of the squad and will help Chelsea during the campaign as they hunt Liverpool and Man City for the Prem title.

Chelsea have bolstered their entire squad this summer by signing seven players. That includes German wonderkid Kai Havertz, playmaker Hakim Ziyech and PSG defender Thiago Silva.

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