After almost a decade in London, the 34-year-old is about to relocate to Italy to start a new chapter in his career.
Olivier Giroud has extended “a huge thank you” to Chelsea as he bids farewell to the club ahead of his AC Milan move.
Giroud’s links to Serie A have been existent since the previous summer, with interest in him reported from Juventus, Inter Milan, and Lazio.
Deprived of consistent minutes on the pitch at Chelsea, the World Cup-winning striker was reportedly keen on a move away at the time but decided to stay put after receiving assurances from the then Blues boss Frank Lampard.
However, his situation hardly got any better, and it resulted in the former Arsenal man losing his place in France’s starting XI at Euro 2020.
Giroud, who traveled to Italy on Tuesday to complete his medical ahead of joining Milan, will now hope to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a run for his money for a spot in Stefano Pioli’s line-up.
“To all the Blues, to my team-mates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments,” the 34-year-old 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.”