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Giroud, Caballero, Musonda, Sterling, Bate also staying at Chelsea — reports

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Olivier Giroud, who was linked with an exit in the months leading up to the January transfer window, has decided to stay at Chelsea once again, as per latest reports. His importance to the squad was well exhibited in recent weeks, with the World Cup-winner’s 9 goals in just 782 minutes being a crucial part of some of Chelsea’s better performances this season.

Just like last season, he managed to gain the trust of Frank Lampard, and he seems to be on Thomas Tuchel’s good books as well given the fact that he started the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. A change of scenery doesn’t make too much sense for Giroud at this time, given that he would have to adapt to a new environment mid-season, and more importantly, since his place in the France national team for the European Championship is more or less confirmed.

On a similar vein, it is being reported that Wilfredo Caballero has also decided to stay at Chelsea. The 39-year-old has been demoted to third-choice since Edouard Mendy’s arrival, and while there were earlier rumors linking him with a departure, it would make more sense for him to leave once his contract expires in the summer.

Charly Musonda and Dujon Sterling, both of whom are currently recovering from long-term injuries, are also unlikely to depart in this window. They both played their last senior-team games last season, and will stay at Cobham in their journeys to get fit, before reassessing their futures in the summer.

Talented academy graduate Lewis Bate will also stay with the Blues for now, despite interest from a host of EFL sides and will only make a decision regarding his future once the current season ends.