Sarri expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Chelsea

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Maurizio Sarri left has defended Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea will activate a clause to extend Olivier Giroud's contract for another year to keep the France global at the club next season.

Chelsea, who were hit with a one-year transfer ban in February, lodged an appeal to FIFA's Appeal Committee and the case will be heard on April 11.

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Maurizio Sarri says he is not anxious about Chelsea's looming transfer embargo, insisting he has confidence in his squad as he targets a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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"He's young, he's got time but he's shown that he's ready and we would love to see a talent like that on the pitch even more".

Sarri said the final weeks of the season would be tough, with away league games looming against Liverpool and United on top of their European commitments, and wants to keep his players as fresh as possible for the run-in.

Higuain has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, scoring just three goals in 11 appearances, all of which came against already relegated Huddersfield and Fulham.

When asked if he would like Giroud to stay at the club next year, Sarri said: "Yes, of course".

Speaking at a media conference on Friday, Sarri also pointed to the example of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who took time to settle at Anfield before becoming one of the Premier League's top players. "We have to play every three days, so we need both".

"I think he needs time to improve his physical condition and time to be suitable for the Premier League", Sarri said. So that's why I think they are really very important for us now.

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