Frank Lampard has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will be staying at Chelsea for the remainder of the season, despite the striker being linked with a whole host of clubs.
The France international was keen to leave Chelsea this month in search of more regular first-team football ahead of this summers European Championships; Inter Milan, Lazio, Spurs, Newcastle and Manchester United all being linked to one degree or another.
Frank Lampard has made no secret of his desire to bolster his attacking options this month, the former midfielder frequently having expressed his frustrations at his side not being clinical enough in front of goal so far this season.
However, speaking at his press conference ahead of the Saturday lunchtime clash with Leicester, Lampard confirmed that Giroud would be staying at the club, the Chelsea boss praising his professionalism during the transfer speculation.
“No [he won’t leave],” Lampard insisted.
“Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man. We all know there has been interest and I’ve sat here at every press conference and said that [he could go] if it’s right for Olivier, for myself and for the club, and he’s been impeccable during that period.
“I’ve got huge respect for him for that.
“Will he leave? No. No ins and no outs.”
Chelsea have been linked with moves for Edinson Cavani, Krystof Piatek and Dries Mertens in recent weeks, though Lampard refused to admit to any frustrations after admitting there will be no new arrivals at the club.
“I wouldn’t say frustrated. I wanted to bring players in, but I know how football has been.”
Chelsea go into the game at the King Power Stadium eight points behind the hosts, but six points ahead of fifth place Manchester United.