Chelsea’s France attacker Olivier Giroud has accomplished his transfer to AC Milan, the Italian membership introduced on Saturday.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner underwent a medical on Friday earlier than signing with the Serie A runners-up who return to the Champions League subsequent season after a seven-year absence.
“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud on a everlasting switch from Chelsea,” the membership mentioned in an announcement with out giving particulars of the period which Italian media reported is for 2 years.
“The French striker will probably be sporting the quantity 9 jersey.”
Chelsea prolonged Giroud’s contract final month for a 12 months till June 2022, however he most popular a transfer away from Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour with simply eight Premier League begins final season.
“To all of the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the entire membership, an enormous thanks for these particular moments I am beginning a brand new journey with a light-weight and completely satisfied coronary heart,” Giroud mentioned on Twitter after his medical on Friday.
“Our victories within the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions league have been magnificent.”
At AC Milan, Giroud is predicted to rotate with Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, who’s recovering from knee surgical procedure and stays unsure for the beginning of the approaching marketing campaign.
He joins compatriots Theo Hernandez and Mike Maignan, the brand new goalkeeper on the Rossoneri, who final received Serie A in 2011.
Giroud received Ligue 1 with Montpellier in 2012 earlier than transferring to England, spending six seasons in Arsenal earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2018.
For the Gunners he scored 105 targets in 253 video games, successful three FA Cups and three Group Shields.
With Chelsea he scored 39 targets in 119 appearances, successful the FA Cup trophy and likewise the Europa League in 2019 and Champions League final season.
“We thank Olivier vastly for his service and want him the perfect in his future profession,” the London membership mentioned in an announcement.
Giroud made his France debut in November 2011, scoring 46 targets in 110 appearances and successful the 2018 World Cup.
He strikes to Italy with a view to getting extra taking part in time heading in direction of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.