GdS: Pioli will lean on Giroud again while Origi and Ibrahimovic recover at ease

By Oliver Fisher -

Olivier Giroud got his preseason campaign up and running with a brace against FC Köln at the weekend, and Stefano Pioli can feel more at ease about the striker situation.

La Gazzetta dello Sport recall how Giroud scored two goals in the first half against the Bundesliga side, just like at the Mapei Stadium on 22 May to help Milan win the Scudetto. He pointed to the Scudetto patch on his chest after the first goal and now the goal is a second star.

Milan are short on strikers at the moment as Zlatan Ibrahimovic will renew but until 2023 there is no chance of seeing him back on the pitch, while Divock Origi may not be available for the Serie A opener on August 13 because of a muscle problem.

Giroud’s contract binds him to Milan until 2023 and the parties have not yet begun talks over a renewal. It is clear that Milan have other priorities on the market with other positions in the squad to cover, but sooner or later a decision will be made on whether to extend his deal.

In the meantime, Origi and Ibrahimovic can take the time that they need to get back to 100%, while Pioli knows he has a reliable goal scorer.

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  1. Ibrahimovic won’t be back until January, then add one or two more months for him to get back in shape after the long injury, that’s practically all season. I see Ibrahimovic more like someone having a job of the pitch (holding motivational speeches in the dressing room and at trainings) then someone who can actually contribute with playing this season. We only have Giroud and Origi(injured) for this season really. Milan should not miss on Belotti for free. Next year we will have to buy new striker any way because of Giroud and Ibra old age… But next year they wont be so lucky to have a free striker like Belotti waiting. Opportunities should not be missed.

  2. Oliver Giroud is still a top man ,make no mistake about that ,his technical ability Is second to none .
    I said when we / AC Milan signed him ,that we would win the scuddeto and indeed we did ..Olivier Giroud is far from finished ,and I believe this season there are more goals to come from him ..He has incredible belief in himself ….I like very much also Rebec ,I just hope they both get to play together.I also believe that we can challenge for honours again this season .
    This AC Milan team is very good ..Age and experience often go together..

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