Giroud Moves to AC Milan from Chelsea

Giroud Moves to AC Milan from Chelsea

French striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move from Chelsea to AC Milanthe Italian club announced on Saturday, July, 17th, 2021.

The 34-year-old World Cup winner underwent a medical on Friday before signing with the Serie A runners-up who return to the Champions League next season after a seven-year absence.

“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud on a permanent transfer from Chelsea,” the club said in a statement without giving details of the duration which Italian media reported is for two years.

“The French striker will be wearing the number 9 jersey,” the statement added.

He scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for European champions Chelsea last season but only made eight Premier League starts.

Chelsea signed Germany forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner last summer, which meant Giroud had reduced game time in the 2020-21 league season.

The striker scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues in total, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

The World Cup winner, who also won three FA Cups with Arsenal, came off the bench in France’s Euro 2020 defeat against Switzerland in the last 16.

AC Milan finished 12 points behind rivals Inter Milan, who won Serie A, last season.

The 34-year-old who was at Stamford Bridge for three years thanked Chelsea on Twitter for the “special memories”, saying he’s “starting a new journey with a light and happy heart”.

He wrote: “Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent.”

Giroud added: “To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments.”

Giroud  joined Chelsea from Arsenal for £18m in January 2018.

 

He scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for European champions Chelsea last season but only made eight Premier League starts.

Chelsea signed Germany forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner last summer, which meant Giroud had reduced game time in the 2020-21 league season.

The striker scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues in total, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

The World Cup winner, who also won three FA Cups with Arsenal, came off the bench in France’s Euro 2020 defeat against Switzerland in the last 16.

AC Milan finished 12 points behind rivals Inter Milan, who won Serie A, last season.

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