Olivier Giroud tells Chelsea: We MUST keep Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard



OLIVIER GIROUD says Chelsea must get Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois signed up or risk losing two of their leaders.

Hazard and Courtois have yet to sign new contracts with the Blues amid speculation Real Madrid could make a move for the pair.

But Giroud, who hit it off with Hazard on his full debut in Monday night’s 3-0 win over West Brom, says Chelsea must keep hold of them.

He said: “They are very special players. 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.

“I don’t have to say too much about their qualities because they show it again in this game. Obviously we need to keep them.”

Hazard, who is under contract until 2020, has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season.

But his dad Thierry put the cat among the pigeons in December by saying he is waiting to see if Madrid come in for him.

Courtois is out of contract next year and set alarm bells ringing when he said “my heart is in Madrid” in an interview earlier this month.

The Belgium keeper’s family live in the Spanish city and Real have pursued him before.

But he will hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks and the club are confident both men will sign extensions.

Giroud, an £18m signing from Arsenal, had an eventful full debut, creating the opening goal for Hazard before needing five stitches to a head injury and then going off with a minor calf injury.

He said: “It’s simple to have a good understanding with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football.

“It’s easy for me because the two number tens play closer than those I might have played with in the past.

“I couldn’t play all the game. I had a pain in my calf and was basically limping. I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on.

“But the calf was very painful and I couldn’t play the whole game. I got studs in my head and a big cut. Five stitches. It’s OK. I get used to it.

“As a football player you need to move on and be ready from the first day at your new club. It’s a new challenge and it’s been special for me to leave Arsenal.

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