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Chelsea boss Lampard hails matchwinner Giroud: He was fantastic after Jan exit blocked

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted to have convinced matchwinner Olivier Giroud to stay in January.

Giroud struck for last night's 1-0 defeat of Norwich City.

Giroud, who "did everything" to leave Stamford Bridge in January, has now scored four times during Project Restart.

"He is a big character for us and he is scoring important goals at the minute," Lampard said. "Just before lockdown he came in and was part of a couple of big results so that's credit he was due anyway.

"He has never given me a problem, he has always trained brilliantly. His professionalism was always good.

"I told him in January I wanted him to stay and he was fantastic in how he handled that. The way he plays is important for us."

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