Olivier Giroud expected to extend Chelsea stay despite lack of playing time

"We have to play very hard matches, especially away in the last part of the season, but we have only to do our best".

But after handing the World Cup victor a rare Premier League start against Brighton on Wednesday - and watching him score in the 3-0 victory - Sarri wants the club to give him a new deal.

I think so.' Giroud, who helped France win the World Cup a year ago, has started only seven Premier League games this season.

That's according to Higuain's manager Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea boss Sarri wants to keep the on-loan Juventus forward at Stamford Bridge next term, despite the Blues remaining subject to a Federation Internationale de Football Association two- window transfer ban.

"It was a problem for Suarez in the first season at Liverpool", Sarri said.

Chelsea head into the tie off the back of consecutive victories over Brighton and Cardiff City respectively, while West Ham travel to Stamford Bridge in poor away form.

Higuain has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, scoring just three goals in 11 appearances, all of which came against already relegated Huddersfield and Fulham. Chelsea, who were hit with a one-year transfer ban in February, lodged an appeal to FIFA's Appeal Committee and the case will be heard on April 11.

"We have a lot of very good young players who are improving".

When it was suggested that he had been put under pressure to play the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek more often, the Italian replied: "No - it's up to the players".

"It's not easy for a striker to play immediately well in the Premier League". 'I know the club have an option for another season, so I think he will remain.

However, Sarri again acknowledged that Higuain "needs to improve" and is not finding the transition to English football easy.

While the Blues will need to win if they wish to keep their top-four hopes alive and three points on Monday would mean Chelsea might just go above Arsenal depending how the Gunners tackle Everton.

"It's up to the players, they are improving", Sarri said.

  • Angelo Rivera