French international striker Olivier Giroud arrived in Milan on Thursday, in preparation for signing his transfer contract to Milan from Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions League last season.
And the coach of the Lombardy club, its former defender, Paolo Maldini, had previously confirmed that the French striker would join the Rossoneri. With the announcement of the Italian league matches calendar for the next season 2021-2022, Maldini said that “Olivier will arrive in Milan on Thursday.”
The 34-year-old French world champion is likely to sign a two-year contract with the Serie A runners-up, who will start his new season against Sampdoria in Genoa.
The former Italian defense legend added: “He is a hero, not only with the national team, he has done great things with Chelsea, winning the Champions League.
He is a very reliable player and that is 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.
Giroud 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, 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 39-year-old Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 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.
Giroud’s decision to join Milan, where he will play alongside his compatriots Theo Hernandez and goalkeeper Mike Manian, who recently arrived from Lille, the French champions, to fill the void left by Giannuelgi Donnarumma, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, despite renewing his contract with Chelsea for a year after winning the Champions League at the expense Manchester City.
It seems that the activation of the renewal clause in his contract with Chelsea did not convince Giroud to stay in a team that does not depend on him in the first place, so he decided to take a new adventure in the ranks of a team looking to restore his position if it was at the local levels, where he had not won the league title since 2011, or the continental where he returns His seventh and final crown in the Champions League to 2007.
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.