OLIVIER GIROUD has decided where he will play his football this season, according to reports.
The World Cup winner has dropped behind Alvaro Morata in the Blues pecking order this season.
New boss Maurizio Sarri has picked the Spaniard to lead the line in Chelsea’s first three Premier League games of the season.
Giroud had been considering jumping ship after seeing minimal action as his side made a 100 per cent start to the season.
He had been linked to Marseille and Atletico Madrid as he sought reassurances over playing time from Chelsea.
But according to The Mirror, the 31-year-old has now made up his mind to stay in west London.
Sarri has assured the former Montpellier star that he remains a big part of his plans.
The Italian manager wanted to give him an extended rest following his exertions in Russia with Les Bleus.
Despite not scoring at the tournament, Giroud played a significant amount of minutes as France were victorious.
And he reportedly fancies his chances of usurping Morata and taking his place for this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.
The forward only arrived at Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, scoring five top-flight goals last term.
Chelsea paid Arsenal £18m for Giroud to enable the Gunners to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Giroud is more physical than Morata, an attribute that may come in useful against the Cherries on Saturday (3pm).
Eden Hazard was fouled five times by Newcastle last time out, while Giroud felt the full force of DeAndre Yedlin’s elbow.
“The Premier League is always like this – every weekend is the same,” Hazard said following the 2-1 win.
“But I’m not complaining, I try to do my job and when you have the ball, you get kicked, so no complaints. You just try to play better.
“I felt tired after the game but, at the end, I was happy with the result and the goal.”