Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has opened up on the reason why he decided to extend his contract with the Blues, claiming that, “God wanted him to stay at Stamford Bridge”, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the club after falling down the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi earlier this season, but he eventually decided to stay on for another year.

The striker spoke to Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard regarding his future but with the Euro 2020 Championship being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, he still has time to ensure that he makes the French squad.

‘I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea. I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn’t playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020,” he said as quoted by the Sun.

“The manager told me that he couldn’t let me leave because he didn’t have anyone to replace me. I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me. That’s why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea and I accepted immediately because I like it here.”

The striker has been a decent performer for the Blues since he moved to the club in 2017, scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances in all competitions so far.