Giroud reveals ‘great pride’ of joining Milan and insists the squad ‘have the qualities’ for the Scudetto

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud believes that the squad are capable of winning the Scudetto, and revealed his personal target for the season in terms of goals.

Giroud joined the Rossoneri in the summer transfer window bringing to an end his spell in the Premier League with Arsenal and with Chelsea, and we have already seen glimpses of what he can bring to the team.

The Frenchman netted twice in his first home league start in the 4-1 win over Cagliari before coming down with a back problem that forced him to miss the games against Lazio, Liverpool, Juventus and Venezia. He came back yesterday, but only played the first half.

Giroud spoke to the French newspaper Telefoot about a number of different topics related to Milan but also related to the French national team, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.

“A lot has happened in recent weeks and months. Milan? Choosing them was obvious, there were 15 clubs interested in signing me. I was a fan of the great Milan when I was younger, that of Papin, Van Basten, Baresi. For me it is a great pride to have been able to sign for this club. I hope to have fun here,” he said.

On the welcome he got: “The welcome I received was wonderful. I was welcomed like a family. I made an excellent debut, I feel very comfortable there and I am hungry to win with Milan.”

On the first goal he scored for Milan: “It was something that hadn’t happened to me since mid-March. It was a feeling of happiness to play as a starter and have fun as in my early youth. I don’t think I could have asked for more, honestly.”

On Ibrahimovic: “Zlatan, he’s a monument. I hope to see more of him, yes. This will mean that there will be real competition between us.”

On a personal target for the season: “About 15 goals, this is the number I assume. If I play all the games, yes…”

On the Scudetto: “I hope so. We have the qualities, the young players. I think that this year we have all the possibilities, with the group we have. So it is a clear, clear and precise objective.”

On France: “I don’t know if we can say that we have already digested the elimination from the European Championships, we still have a little bit in our throat. We have to turn the page.

“Not being called up in September? Yes, it surprised me, a little bit. Especially the fact that we have not been informed before. But here it is. We must once again move forward and see what the future holds. We are happier when we are on the pitch, playing and helping the team.

“Upcoming call-up? We’ll see. As usual, I don’t have to worry. If they call me, I’ll do my best to help the team. Why not try to get a little closer to Henry?!”

On the Premier League: “I liked the Premier League a lot. But at some point we had to make a decision. The last three months that I lived there, and then I told the manager, in Tuchel, was too difficult. So for me it was obvious to leave Chelsea. I moved on, with emotion and wonderful moments spent. Some good, some not so good, but there were still three good titles.”

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