Olivier Giroud has urged Chelsea to tie Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard down to new deals and believes he will have a better on-pitch relationship with the latter than he had with Mesut Ozil.
The French ace, 31, played alongside Ozil at Arsenal since the 29-year-old’s arrival at the Emirates in 2013, just a year after Giroud signed for the Gunners.
The pair won three FA Cup titles together during their time under Arsene Wenger, but Giroud is already optimistic that he will have a better understanding with his new team-mate Hazard.
And after enjoying his full debut alongside the Belgian in a 3-0 win over West Brom, Giroud was impressed with their link-up play and claimed that Hazard’s closer position makes life ‘easy’ for him compared to his previous relationships with No. 10s.
‘Hazard and Courtois are very special players,’ he said.
‘They have been here a few years now and done a great job at the club.
‘They are very good on the pitch but they are good guys as well. It’s very important to keep that kind of player for their leadership. Obviously we need to keep them.
‘It’s simple to have a good understanding with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football.
‘Even with Pedro, Willian or whoever else plays number ten we always try tactically to have a good understanding. ‘We need to work on the relationship in training and then to do it in the game.
‘That’s what the boss asks us and it’s easy for me because the two number tens play closer than those I might have played with in the past.
‘Eden and I – he could have assisted me and I could have scored against West Brom, but hopefully in the next game.’