Sport Witness last night had quotes from Italian sources discussing Olivier Giroud’s future.
The Frenchman almost left Chelsea in January, and Frank Lampard openly admitted in press conferences that offers had been accepted for Giroud, with a move dependent on the Blues finding a replacement.
They didn’t and the 32 year old was forced to stick around. He won back his place in the team just weeks later, and was first choice forward when the season was put on hold.
Now, in Italy they’re saying that Chelsea want offer Giroud – who is out of contract this summer – a new deal to keep him here for multiple years.
That breaks the ongoing “policy” of giving players over 30 just one year deals.
The thing about that “policy”, which was applied to club legends like Frank Lampard and John Terry, is that it gets flimsier every year.
David Luiz, 31 at the time, was given a multiple year deal last summer – and then sold.
Willian, also 31, has been offered a two year deal but won’t accept it because he thinks he can get three out of the club.
That shows you what the players who have been here for years really make of the supposed rule. They’ve seen it violated and no longer think it applies
If they break it again for Giroud – this time not even under the duress of the transfer ban as they were last summer, it will show just how flimsy that ass of a law has become.
It’s lack of flexibility, judging players on by their birthday rather than their ability or the circumstances of the deal.
So let’s hope if we do hand Giroud – who has without question been a top professional at the club – a new contract with 2 or more years on it, we at least admit the the whole idea was a nonsense that saw us offend several legendary players, while not providing at all for the income of youth – until we were actually banned from making transfer at all.