Official: Giroud completes AC Milan transfer from Chelsea

Jason Soutar
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud for an undisclosed fee.

The Italian giants have confirmed that Giroud will wear the number nine shirt for the upcoming season.

The Frenchman won the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge, scoring 39 times in 119 appearances for the Blues.

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He also won the 2018 World Cup with France during his spell at Chelsea.

Giroud made the move from Arsenal back in 2018 after spending five and a half years at the Emirates, scoring against his former club in the 2019 Europa League final.

The 34-year-old bid farewell to the Chelsea fans on Twitter on Friday, saying: “To all the Blues, to my team-mates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments,” Giroud posted on twitter.

“I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart.

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

Elsewhere, Gianluigi Donnarumma has left Milan on a free transfer to join Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italy shot-stopper, who saved two penalties in the shootout victory over England in the Euro 2020 final, has signed a five-year deal at the Parc des Princes.

Donnarumma was awarded the Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament as he helped his country lift the trophy.

The ‘keeper sent a heartfelt message to Milan.

He said: “Some choices are difficult, but they are part of a man’s growth.

“I arrived at Milan when I was little more than a child, for eight years I wore this shirt with pride.

“We fought, suffered, won and cried, together with my team-mates, coaches, all those who are part of the club. Together with our fans who are an integral part of what has been a family for many years.

“In the Rossoneri shirt, I also achieved personal goals, such as my debut at 16 in Serie A. I lived through extraordinary years that I will never forget.”

Also speaking to PSG’s official website, Donnarumma said: “I am delighted to be part of this huge club.

“I feel ready to take on this new challenge and continue to grow here. With Paris, I want to win as much as possible and to bring joy to the supporters.”