Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has said that he still has at least two years left at the top level and would be “happy” to see those out with his current side.
The 33-year-old attacker looked destined to quit Stamford Bridge in January having struggled for senior team football during the first half of the campaign, but Olivier has since worked his way into Frank Lampard’s plans and played a key role in securing Champions League qualification for the Blues.
His form earned him a one-year contract extension a couple of months ago, and he is open to staying beyond the end of the 2020-21 term as he looks to emulate Germany’s all-time top-scorer Miroslav Klose.
“I still have at least a year of contract with Chelsea. If [I see out my career] at Chelsea, I’ll be happy. If not, another challenge will be present,” the Frenchman told L’Equipe.
“I can still play in a good championship for two years – I don’t set any limits for myself. I like to quote the story of Miroslav Klose, the former German international. In 2014 during his last World Cup he was 36 and stopped his career at 38.
“I’m not saying I’m going to do four more years in selection, but I remember a discussion I had with Arsene Wenger.
“He told me that he saw me playing well until 35 years old because, as I got older, my game would not be penalised since it is not based on speed.”
Olivier, who scored eight goals in his last 12 Premier League matches of the season, will be looking to help Chelsea to his fifth FA Cup title against former side Arsenal on Saturday.