Today marks the start of Olivier Giroud’s adventure as a Milan player as the striker finally realises a childhood dream of his.
Calciomercato.com writes how today is a ‘first day of school’ of sorts for Giroud, who arrived at Milanello in the morning to officially begin his new spell with Milan. He was given an extended holiday due to his commitments with the French national team at the European Championships, but from today will be at the complete disposal of head coach Stefano Pioli.
Giroud already met Pioli on the day of his presentation when he signed his contract, but over the coming weeks the idea is that the 34-year-old will become more and more familiar with how he works from a tactical point of view.
The former Chelsea centre-forward was a Milan fan growing up as Andriy Shevchenko was his idol and he has two Italian grandmothers, Yvonne and Antonia. Giroud also expands the French core at the club which already includes Theo Hernandez, Pierre Kalulu and Mike Maignan as well as other French speakers such as Kessie, Bennacer, Ballo-Toure and Leao.
He becomes the 20th Frenchman in the history of Milan and has arrived to support Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and with the Swede he shares the desire to raise the level of pressure during training.