Olivier Giroud is hoping to see Eden Hazard remain at Chelsea this summer, despite the Belgian playmaker keeping his options open amid much transfer talk.
The Blues have been able to fend off interest in a talismanic presence during past windows, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain having been long-standing suitors of a two-time Premier League champion.
It may, however, be that their resolve is tested again over the coming weeks, with Hazard having admitted that he will wait to discover Chelsea’s recruitment plans before making a decision on his own future.
Those at Stamford Bridge no longer have Champions League football to use as a bargaining tool, both for possible incomings and outgoings, but Giroud is eager to see them retain the services of a man he has struck up a positive working relationship with since arriving from Arsenal in January.
The France international striker told the Evening Standard: “Of course I want Eden to stay – who doesn’t want to play with him?
“I want to carry on working on our partnership. The two of us have only been playing together a short time but we have a good relationship on the field. We play close together because that’s what the manager wants us to do.
“Obviously when we are in the same areas on the pitch we can find ourselves much better.
“We like to play together because we have a good understanding, we have different qualities that complement each other. It is easy to play with him.
“Eden and I are good friends off the pitch as well. He is a nice person, he is easy to get along with. I knew him before I came to Chelsea.
“We fought for the title in France when I was at Montpellier and he was at Lille. I didn’t know him personally then but I never had any doubts that we would form a good understanding.