Chelsea extend Tuchel, Giroud, Silva contracts

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Chelsea caused something of a surprise on Friday as they announced a one-year contract extension for striker Olivier Giroud, while extending coach Thomas Tuchel and defender Thiago Silva were somewhat more expected.

The European champions said they activated a 12-month option in Giroud's deal back in April as they prepared for the defining weeks of the season.

Giroud scored six times in last season's UEFA Champions League, making him the Blues' top scorer in the competition, although he started only twice and did not feature in the 1-0 final win over Manchester City.

34-year-old Giroud made only 12 starts in all competitions in 2020-21 and had been tipped to join Milan on a free transfer.

However, Chelsea's decision to extend his contract means they will now be able to recoup a fee for the former Arsenal striker should he push to leave in the next transfer window.

Tuchel's contract has been extended until 2024 after the German manager took the team to the UEFA Champions League title this season.

Tuchel took over midway through the 2020-21 season after the club sacked Frank Lampard and the German led them to a Premier League top-four finish as well as the FA Cup final.

"I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family," Tuchel said.

"There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation."

Silva, meanwhile, will remain with the Premier League club for a further year.

The Brazil international was signed on a free transfer ahead of the 2020-21 campaign after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, making 34 appearances in all competitions for the Blues.

Silva started in the Champions League final against Manchester City but was forced off late in the first half through injury, leaving him to watch from the sidelines as his team-mates clinched a 1-0 triumph in Porto to secure the trophy for a second time.

The 36-year-old will now be staying at Stamford Bridge for the 2021-22 season to continue working under Thomas Tuchel, who has himself committed his future to Chelsea by signing a new deal that runs through to 2024.

Source Omnisport