Lampard keen to extend Willian and Olivier Giroud’s contracts

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Frank Lampard says Chelsea are looking into extending Willian and Olivier Giroud’s contracts if the season restarts.

The pair are the two most notable players whose contracts are set to expire on June 30.

The Blues head coach told Sky Sports News he wants the same squad until the season ends if there is a successful restart.

“It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that’s something I’m obviously looking at very carefully,” he told Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

“The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feeling for the club.

“Of course they’ll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now and if the pre-season is a rush they’re going to have to make sure they’re alright.

“So it’s going to have to be something we have to look at, hopefully we can make that arrangement can be made so they can stay with us.

“I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.”

Premier League clubs will vote on Monday over whether a first phase of training can resume, which would see players maintaining social distancing guidelines in small groups, in accordance with government restrictions to control the coronavirus.

With the Premier League having been suspended for more than two months, Lampard insists his squad are keen to return to action, but are also considering the health of their families.

“My lads, I know – and I’m sure all managers will speak in the same way – they’re good lads,” Lampard said. “Their intentions and their feelings for their families are good. They want to get here and work. They can’t wait to get back and play football.

“I think the important part of my job at the moment is a lot of empathy with the players.

“You can’t just say, ‘lads, we’re going this way’, because this is a situation none of us have known. This is not a players’ strike, it’s not a player not wanting to train, or a player having an argument with another player, this is something that has affected everyone and their families.”

Lampard was enjoying a successful first season in charge at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on course for Champions League qualification as they sat fourth on the table with nine games remaining when the league was suspended.

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