‘Maybe they will need me more’: Oliver Giroud admits Chelsea’s potential transfer ban could mean he remains at Stamford Bridge next season
- A hearing for a Chelsea’s possible transfer ban is scheduled for April 11
- It could mean that Chelsea are unable to bolster the squad in the summer
- Striker Olivier Giroud is out of contract at the end of the current season
- Giroud says a possible transfer ban would mean he is more likely to stay put
Olivier Giroud believes a possible transfer ban for Chelsea would strengthen his chances of remaining at the club beyond this summer.
Chelsea have appealed against a two-transfer-window ban to the FIFA Appeal Committee.
The Blues were banned from registering new players until the summer of 2020 for allegedly breaking rules on signing young players from abroad. Chelsea’s case will be put forward at a hearing on April 11.
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud (pictured playing for France) is out of contract in the summer
Should they lose the appeal, Giroud thinks he will be in a strong position with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
‘At the club we still need to wait to see regarding if we will have the opportunity to get some players [in the next transfer windows],’ said Giroud.
‘If not the club will be blocked and maybe then they will need me more and to offer me something. I am very happy there, but it all depends on a few things so we will see.’
Giroud says that a possible transfer ban for Chelsea could increase he chances of staying
The 32-year-old has been linked with a move back to France – Lyon said to be a possible destination – but Giroud maintains he is happy at Chelsea and now wants to focus on the race for a top four finish in the Premier League.
He added: ‘The French media have made too much of some comments from me trying to push me into a move to Lyon.
‘I am staying objective, and if I can stay at Chelsea I will be happy – but I need to play more.
‘For now we have a very big game against Cardiff now at the weekend. There are only eight matches to go, and going for the Champions League places we will be trying to win all of them.’
The 32-year-old would be happy to stay at Chelsea but is monitoring the situation closely
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