Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said that Olivier Giroud’s future at Stamford Bridge has not been decided yet.
The World Cup-winning striker’s current contract is due to expire at the end of June, meaning that he is currently free to discuss a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs.
's qualities but maintains it is too early to be thinking of contract renewals.
Tuchel spoke about the 34-year-old ahead of his side's upcoming game withSouthampton
: “No decisions made, because it’s too soon to make these decisions, too soon in the season, and I don’t have enough time to make these decisions because I just started three weeks ago.
"We need more time to get to know the group better and better and everybody deserves more time to show their value for the group. What I can say is that, until now, I am super happy that he is here.
"He is one of the top strikers in the box, he’s physically strong, he has an incredible first touch when he takes balls directly. He is very, very strong on that. He is very strong on headers.
"He is a key figure, maybe not because he plays everywhere for 96 minutes, but the way he behaves and with his experience daily so far the last three weeks. He has a huge impact in a most positive way that we can wish, and this is what I can say.
"So I am very happy that he is here, and from there, we will arrive at decisions, but it is too soon.”