Olivier Giroud extended his stay at Chelsea by another 12 months on Friday, but the striker could still depart Stamford Bridge this summer.
Members of the France striker’s team have insisted his new deal doesn’t guarantee that he will stay a Chelsea player this summer.
Calciomercato report that the player’s representatives have released a statement in the wake of his new contract which reads:
“Chelsea have exercised a unilateral option, but in the event of offers they let him go”.
If their statement proves correct, Giroud’s new contract would simply have been a way for west London club to avoid him letting him go free of charge this summer.
But his game time was significantly reduced when Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January, making just three Premier League stars under the German.
Before he penned a contract extension in west London, the 34-year-old was linked with moves to West Ham, AC Milan and New York City.