Olivier Giroud, a France forward, has completed his transfer to AC Milan from Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud, a France forward, has completed his transfer to AC Milan from Chelsea

Olivier Giroud, a France forward, has completed his transfer to AC Milan from Chelsea
Olivier Giroud, a France forward, has completed his transfer to AC Milan from Chelsea

The transfer of Chelsea’s France attacker Olivier Giroud to AC Milan was finalized on Saturday, according to the Italian club. On Friday, the 34-year-old World Cup winner had a medical before joining the Serie A runners-up, who will return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence. “AC Milan is thrilled to announce the permanent transfer of Olivier Jonathan Giroud from Chelsea,” the club announced in a statement, without specifying the length of the deal, which Italian media claimed to be two years. “The number 9 shirt will be worn by the French striker,” the announcement continued.

After falling out of favor with just eight Premier League starts last season, Chelsea extended Giroud’s contract for a year to June 2022, but he wanted a transfer away from Stamford Bridge.

“To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart,” Giroud said on Twitter after his medical on Friday.

“Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League, and Champions League have been magnificent,” he added.

 

At AC Milan, Giroud is anticipated to alternate with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, who is recovering from knee surgery and is scheduled to miss the start of the season.

He joins fellow countryman Theo Hernandez and new goalie Mike Maignan at the Rossoneri, who last won Serie A in 2011.

After winning Ligue 1 with Montpellier in 2012, Giroud moved to England, where he spent six seasons with Arsenal before joining Chelsea in 2018.

He scored 105 goals in 253 games for Arsenal, winning three FA Cups and three Community Shields along the way.

He scored 39 goals in 119 games for Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Champions League last season.

“We thank Olivier greatly for his service and wish him the very best in his future career,” the London club said in a statement.

 

He scored 105 goals in 253 games for Arsenal, winning three FA Cups and three Community Shields along the way.

He scored 39 goals in 119 games for Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Champions League last season.

Giroud made his France debut in November 2011 and went on to win the 2018 World Cup after scoring 46 goals in 110 appearances.

He is relocating to Italy in order to gain more playing time ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

 


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