Olivier Giroud was officially transferred to AC Milan this Saturday from Chelsea. At 34, the French international will discover Serie A, which he intends to win with his new club. The striker also salivates from his association with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With 15 goals scored in Serie A last season, in 19 games played, Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have given ideas to Olivier Giroud. From the top of his 39 years, the Swedish striker of AC Milan is in any case a good example for the French, his new teammate, who will discover Serie A at 34 years old.
The new number 9 of AC Milan, who officially signed up this Saturday for two seasons from Chelsea where he won the last Champions League, does not hide his admiration for Ibrahimovic in any case. “I played a few times against him: at almost 40, he still plays, he’s an exceptional professional, launched the 2018 world champion, in an interview for Sky Sports. To have this level at this age. … With this determination and this commitment to his team. I try to do the same to keep playing as long as my body will allow it. I hope to be an example for the young people. “
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“I like Pioli’s way of understanding football”
If he hopes to “have fun” on the pitch with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Olivier Giroud is nonetheless a competitor, who came to Italy to win. “I want to win something with Milan. I don’t want to put too much pressure, but we will play for the title, said the one who will now be coached by Stefano Pioli. I spoke with the manager: everything was very simple and natural . We got to talk frankly, about football and tactics, I like his way of understanding the sport. Last year I followed the team and it was a great season thanks to Pioli. am very happy to be able to play for him. “
After a title obtained in Ligue 1 with Montpellier in 2012, Olivier Giroud flew to the Premier League, near London, to join Arsenal. Where he notably conquered 3 FA Cups. He added a fourth FA Cup to his record with Chelsea, where he arrived in January 2018. But Olivier Giroud arrives especially with a Europa League and a Champions League on the record, even if the appointment of Thomas Tuchel at the head of the London club at the end of last January had more often relegated to the bench.
Come to Milan to find playing time, Olivier Giroud considers himself “still like a kid”. “When I was a child, my idols were Papin, Schevchenko and obviously Maldini. Many great players wore the jersey of this prestigious club, Giroud commented on his arrival. The team has a great European tradition and that is why I have decided to come here, to play the Champions League. I will also be close to my family, who are from Grenoble. I am really excited. “