Last season was always going to be Olivier Giroud's last at Chelsea, and it turned out to be true. Even an unexpected contract extension couldn't prevent the 34-year-old striker from joining AC Milan, albeit for a symbolic transfer fee rather than a free move.
Despite the contract, Giroud had already made up his mind to depart for a while, as he disclosed in a weekend interview with Telefoot.
“Leaving Chelsea was an obvious option, and I moved on with great passion for all the experiences we shared. Some were excellent, while others were not, but we won three significant titles.”
While Giroud started Tuchel's first game in charge, he was swiftly demoted to the bench, making only one appearance in our final 21 games in all competitions. He did score 11 goals for the season, and his contributions to our Champions League campaign (particularly the four-goal haul against Sevilla and the bicycle kick against Atlético) were significant, but it was logical that he would want to find a position where he could be more involved. With his age, there is no time to spend!
Despite missing a month after testing positive for COVID-19 and then struggling with a back ailment, Giroud has made a good start to his Milan career, scoring twice in four matches. He came back this week.
Zlatan is a legend, and we'll be in a head-to-head battle. I believe I am capable of scoring at least 15 goals. That's what I'm expecting if I play every game.
“I believe [we can win the Scudetto], because we have the talent and the youth. We have a certain goal in mind.”
-Olivier Giroud; source: Football-Italia via Telefoot
This summer, Milan recruited Fikayo Tomori and Tiémoué Bakayoko from Chelsea, in the hopes of winning the league for the first time in a decade.
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