Thomas Tuchel’s decision to extend Olivier Giroud’s deal may be the biggest indicator yet that Chelsea won’t be pursuing Harry Kane.
The Tottenham striker has expressed a desire to move on from north London and the Blues were credited with interest in the striker.
But tying down Giroud means Tuchel will have yet another forward option.
The German has chopped and changed between systems and personnel since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January.
Timo Werner has been his preferred option, but his lack of goals will be a concern, Giroud has been used sporadically and a false 9 has also been deployed.
Several players can be utilised in that role, namely Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
It means, following Giroud’s new deal, that Tuchel has several avenues open to him in attack.
That’s also before Tammy Abraham is factored in, although there is an expectation that the young striker could move on this summer having struggled for game time.
It may leave Kane with one less option as he attempts to manufacture a Tottenham exit.
The striker has said “there’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club” regarding his future.
Chelsea though opted to extend Giroud’s deal in April despite only announcing it on Friday.
The Frenchman, who was linked with the exit door once again, had reportedly been a target for AC Milan.
But the striker has continued to come up with big goals and enjoyed a midseason renaissance with a Champions League hat-trick against Sevilla.
He also scored a sensational winner in the last 16 against Atletico Madrid.
Club director Marina Granovskaia said: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019.
“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.
“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”
Centre-half Thiago Silva has also seen his contract extended whilst Tuchel himself penned a extension following a hugely impressive start to life.
The German said: “I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.
“There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”