French international striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move to AC Milan from 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 signing of Olivier Giroud with a full transfer from Chelsea, without announcing 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 happily.
The player, who scored 39 goals in 119 games for Chelsea, added: “Our FA Cup victory, the Europa League and the Champions League was fantastic. Milan defense legend Paolo Maldini, who is technical director, said: “He is a hero, not only with the national team, he has done great things with Chelsea, and won 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.
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 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 league champion, comes in order 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 title. At the expense of Manchester City.
It seems that activating the renewal clause in his contract with Chelsea did not convince Giroud to stay in a team that does not depend on him mainly, 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 His seventh and final Champions League crown goes back 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.