AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has outlined why he decided it was time to leave Chelsea and also commented on the prospect of playing with Hakim Ziyech again.
Giroud spoke at a press conference to mark his official unveiling as a Milan player and was asked about a variety of different things including his decision to join the club and targets for the season ahead. His comments were transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
A reported questioned why he decided that his time at Chelsea was over and his motivations behind starting a new adventure in Italy, with the Frenchman hinting that he felt it was time for change because of the business that the Blues are conducting.
“I have always said that when I was little I had the dream of playing in the Premier League but I think it was time to discover a new culture and a new country. Milan was the best option for me and I am grateful to be able to wear the Rossoneri colours. I’m happy to be here,” he said.
“My time at Chelsea was over also because the manager wanted to play with other players, spending a lot of money on the transfer market. There I realised I had to leave the club and I received a great welcome from Maldini. I’m a Christian and I think God wanted me to move to Milan this season and not Inter the last one and I’m happy with that.”
Giroud was also asked about the potential of reuniting with Hakim Ziyech, a player who continues to be linked with a move to Milan by various different outlets.
For example, Calciomercato.com are claiming that Ziyech remains the favoured target of Maldini and Massara, and they think the excellent relations they have with the leadership of Chelsea could help.
The Moroccan is not considered essential by Thomas Tuchel and can leave, with Milan eyeing a loan with option to buy plus a buy-back set above €25m as per the source, and Giroud would welcome him.
“Ziyech is a great player. We have had a great connection even though we have played few games together. He has a top left foot, has experience and he is very good technically. It would be nice to play with him again.”