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Milan director Maldini confirms signing ‘very reliable’ Giroud

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Having spent the better part of his senior career in England, the France international is now on his way to Italy.

AC Milan technical director Paulo Maldini hails Olivier Giroud while confirming the club has secured his signature.

Giroud started in just eight Premier League games and made 31 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea last season.

The striker’s struggles to get consistent minutes on the pitch, along with Karim Benzema’s return to the national team, resulted in him losing his place in France‘s starting XI at Euro 2020.

Keen to play regular football again, the 32-year-old has decided to leave Stamford Bridge ahead of 2021-22. He is reportedly set to sign a two-year contract worth €3 million per year with Milan, who activated the £1 million release clause on his recently extended Chelsea contract.

However, the former Arsenal man might not get drafted straight into the Serie A side’s starting XI as well as he would have to compete against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who enjoyed a productive season last time out.

“Yes, [Giroud] should arrive tomorrow,” Maldini told DAZN on Wednesday, via Goal.

“Olivier is a champion and a fresh winner of the Champions League.

“He is a very reliable player, what we were looking for since we need experienced players like him. We are the youngest team in Serie A.”