Olivier Giroud verdict given as Chelsea striker edges close to AC Milan move – Football.London

Former Chelsea assistant manager Angelo Alessio has labelled AC Milan as the perfect transfer destination for Blues forward Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a switch to the San Siro over recent weeks despite only recently penning a new contract with Chelsea.

As a matter of fact, reports from Italy have suggested that Giroud could be set for a medical with the Serie A giants as early as Monday.

His departure would draw to a close a hugely successful period at Stamford Bridge having joined from Arsenal in 2018.

Despite being allowed to depart west London, Giroud continues to be praised for his performances with Chelsea, especially by ex-Blues’ boss Antonio Conte’s assistant Alessio.


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Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “Despite being 34 years old, he still makes the difference and is a real bargain at those prices, especially as he just won the Champions League.

“It’s the perfect environment for Olivier, the Champions League is his home, and a player like that can help the younger and more inexperienced ones to grow.

“Conte absolutely adored Giroud. We needed a strong centre-forward in January 2018 and he had hurt us several times at Arsenal. Antonio told the club that with Giroud in the side, we’d have taken a big step up. He was right, as Giroud scored crucial goals, including the one to win the FA Cup.”

Meanwhile, with considerable competition in Milan, Giroud has been backed to once again become a key player for his new employers despite being at the age of 34.

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Alessio continued: “Olivier is a humble guy, professional, he never complains even when he’s on the bench. As a striker, he scores goals, but also helps others to get goals too.

“He draws defenders to him, opening up spaces for the midfielders. Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian benefited a great deal from Giroud’s movement at Chelsea.

“I don’t see him playing with Ibrahimovic, so he’s an extra starter for Milan, someone who has already won the Champions League. Stefano Pioli is very lucky to have him.”

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