French Olivier Giroud completes his move to AC Milan
French international striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move to AC Milan from English Premier League club Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions League last season, the Lombardy club announced on Saturday.
The 34-year-old underwent a medical examination on Friday, before signing with the Italian league runners-up, returning to the Champions League after an absence of seven years.
Rossoneri said in a statement: “AC Milan is pleased to announce the contract of Olivier Jonathan Giroud with a full transfer from Chelsea,” without specifying the duration of the contract, which local newspapers suggested to be two years.
The Frenchman, who will bear the number 9, said: “To all the blues, all my colleagues, all the coaches, the entire club, thank you so much for the beautiful moments. I start a new journey with happiness.”
“Our victory in the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League was fantastic,” said the player, who scored 39 goals in 119 games with Chelsea.
Milan defense legend Paolo Maldini, who holds the position of technical director, said, “He is a hero, not only with the national team, he did great things with Chelsea, and won the Champions League.”
“He is a very reliable player and that’s what we are looking for. We have a young team and we need experienced players.”
After winning the French League with Montpellier in 2012, Giroud moved to Arsenal in the same year and defended his colors until 2018, before joining Chelsea.
He played 110 international matches (46 goals) with the French national team, which was part of its squad in the last European Cup, and was eliminated from the final price by losing to Switzerland on penalties 4-5 after a 3-3 draw in the original and extra time.
Giroud will play in the front line alongside the Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39 years), to be among a group of scorers who do not know the meaning of age, led by Juventus star and Portuguese national team Cristiano Ronaldo, who was crowned top scorer in the league last season despite his 36 years, or Fabio Quagliarella, who extended his contract with Sampdoria for an additional year at the age of 38.
Milan returns to the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-2014 season, after coach Stefano Pioli’s team finished the Italian league in second place behind its arch-rival Inter, and in front of Atalanta and Juventus, who gave up the title after monopolizing it for nine seasons.