French Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has completed his transfer to AC Milan, the Italian club announced on Saturday.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner underwent a medical exam on Friday before signing with the Serie A finalist who returns 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 announced by Italian media as being two years.
“The French striker will wear jersey number 9.”
Chelsea extended Giroud’s contract last month for a year until June 2022, but he preferred to move away from Stamford Bridge after falling out of favor with just eight Premier League starts last season.
“To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these privileged moments. I am starting a new journey with a light heart and happy, ”Giroud said on Twitter after his medical examination. Friday.
“Our victories in the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League have been magnificent. “
At AC Milan, Giroud is set to tour with Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, who is recovering from knee surgery and remains uncertain for the start of the upcoming campaign.
He joins his compatriots Theo Hernandez and Mike Maignan, the new goalkeeper of the Rossoneri, winner of Serie A for the last time in 2011.
Giroud won Ligue 1 with Montpellier in 2012 before moving to England, spending six seasons at Arsenal before joining Chelsea in 2018.
For the Gunners, he scored 105 goals in 253 games, winning three FA Cups and three Community Shields.
With Chelsea, he scored 39 goals in 119 appearances, winning the FA Cup trophy as well as the Europa League in 2019 and the Champions League last season.
“We warmly thank Olivier for his services and wish him the best in his future career,” the London club said in a statement.
Giroud made his French debut in November 2011, scoring 46 goals in 110 appearances and winning the 2018 World Cup.
He is moving to Italy with the aim of having more playing time in view of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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