Olivier Giroud has completed his permanent move to Serie A side AC Milan, bringing to an end his three-and-half-year stay at Chelsea FC, whom he joined after completing a deadline day transfer from city rivals Arsenal in January 2018.
Olivier Giroud draws line to his Chelsea career as he joins AC Milan on a permanent transfer
“My ambition is to win some trophies. That’s why I am playing football. I am a competitor and I want to win again and again.” Giroud had told of his ambitions while joining the Blues in 2018, which he achieved by lifting the FA Cup, Europa League and prestigious Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.
During his stint at Chelsea, Giroud also claimed global recognition and the glory of the highest stature at the international stage with France, winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Russia.
Oliver Giroud had crucial contribution for Chelsea in pivotal stages, as he put his name on the score sheet in the semi-final of the FA Cup, the final of the 2019 Europa League against former club Arsenal, and also netted the 2020/21 Goal of the Season for Chelsea during last season’s pre-quarter final triumph against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
Giroud scored his 11th goal of the season and the opener in the 2019-20 Europa League final against Arsenal, as Chelsea went onto lift the trophy with a 4-1 victory, also bagging the top goalscorer award for Chelsea.
Giroud once again broke the deadlock against Liverpool in the European Super Cup final that year, as Chelsea clinched the victory in the Penalty shootouts and Giroud lifted his second European medal.
Though Giroud was initially benched by then manager Frank Lampard in the beginning, Giroud once again proved his worth as the season progressed, getting frequent under Thomas Tuchel, specially in the Champions League.
Giroud scored the last-minute winner in the Champions League group game against Rennes, and scored all four in the 4-0 win against Sevilla, scoring eight goals in eight games.
His crucial yet the most catching goal for Chelsea came against Atletico Madrid in the last 16, as he scored with a delightful bicycle kick to give the Blues the upper hand with an away win. It was his final goal in the Blues shirt, which was voted as Chelsea’s best goal of 20/21, with Chelsea going onto win the UEFA Champions League in the 2020-21 season.
Olivier put an end to his Chelsea career with 39 goals to his name in 119 appearances, well complimented with three trophies.
“To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments.“
“I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart. Our victories in Fa Cup, Europa League and Champions league have been magnificent. Love Oli G” Giroud said in his farewell tweet as he was unveiled by AC Milan after signing for the Rossonerri on a permanent transfer.