Tuchel: It is ‘too soon’ to say if Giroud will be at Chelsea next year

The 34-year-old’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he is able to walk away for free then.

The striker has scored 10 goals so far during the current campaign, despite not always starting, with his latest strike coming during Monday’s win over Newcastle.

Tuchel has been impressed by the Frenchman, but he says nothing has been decided yet when it comes to the player’s long-term future.

“No decision has been made because it’s too soon to make these decisions, too soon in the season,” said Tuchel.

“I don’t have enough time to make these decisions because I just started three weeks ago, and we need more time to get to know the group better and better.

“Everybody deserves more time to show their value to the group.

“What I can say until now is that I am super happy that he is here. He is one of the top strikers in the box.

“He is physically strong, he has an incredible first touch when he takes balls directly on the volley. He is very, very strong at that.

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“He is very strong at headers. He had an amazing game against Newcastle. He is very strong, very, very positive in training. This is very impressive.

“And right now he plays a key role in this squad, where a lot of young offensive players play.

“He is a key figure. Maybe not because he plays 96 minutes every three days, but the way he behaves and with his experience on a daily basis.

“He has a huge impact in the most positive way we can wish and this is the what I am saying.

“I am very happy he is here and from there, on we go. When the decision arrives, we will make it. But, like I said, it is too soon.”

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