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Olivier Giroud is not leaving, Lampard says as Chelsea fail to make new signings


Olivier Giroud

Despite transfer interest from Tottenham and other clubs, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has said Olivier Giroud will remain at Stamford bridge.

Italian sides Lazio and Inter Milan were also reportedly interested in signing the France international – who has been short of game time at Stamford Bridge this season.

But Lampard says he is happy with Giroud and will not be selling the France forward.

“Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man,” said Lampard.

“We all know there has been interest.

“I’ve sat here at every press conference and said ‘If it’s right for Olivier, for myself and the club’, and he’s been impeccable in that period.

“I’ve got huge respect for him as a player.

“The answer again is no. As in, will he leave? No.”

Chelsea have been linked with Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani but Lampard is not expecting to make any signings.

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Lampard said:

“The window is 95 per cent shut for us, the answer will be no to any players you say.

“And no ins, means no outs.”

“It’s clear we wanted to bring players in, I certainly wanted to bring players in.

“I think I made that pretty clear over the last few weeks and it hasn’t happened.”