“To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay. That is why.
“To be honest, I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch. I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club.
“I feel good in my head and also physically. So I am 100 per cent focused on the club project,” he said.
Giroud arrived from Montpellier in 2012 for £9.6m.