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SERIE A - Giroud on EPL and missing out on the last France squad

Published on: 26 September 2021

Milan striker Olivier Giroud discusses his departure from Chelsea this summer, his arrival in Italy, and his thoughts on France's Euro 2020 campaign in an interview broadcast this morning on Téléfoot.

“It’s true that a lot of things have happened in these last few weeks, these last few months. For me, [choosing to sign for Milan] was the obvious choice, there weren’t exactly 15 clubs interested in signing me. I was a fan of the great Milan side of when I was younger, with Papin, Baresi, Van Basten. I’m immensely proud to have been able to sign for this club. I hope I can enjoy myself here. I had a great welcome, like I was welcomed into a family. I’ve started off really well, and I’m hungry for success with Milan.”

“I don’t think we can say we’ve come to terms with [France’s Euro 2020 elimination] yet, it’s still hard to stomach. But we are competitors, there are other fixtures on the way. We have to turn the page. [On his playing time for France] I’m happier when I’m on the pitch, playing and helping the team. But then there are choices which have been made and you have to respect them, and make do. [On missing the last France squad] It surprised me a bit. Especially the fact that I wasn’t made aware before. But that’s the way it is. You have to keep moving forward and see what the future has in store. We’ll see [if I’m in the next squad], as usual I’m not going to worry too much about it.”

“I really liked the Premier League. But you get to a point where a decision has to be made. My last three months over there, and this I said to the manager, Tuchel, were too difficult. It seemed evident that I had to leave the club. A page was turning, with some emotion and after some fantastic moments there. There were good and bad times, but we did win three very nice titles.”

“Zlatan [Ibrahimović] is a monument. They were expecting us to compete with each other. I hope I can score more than him. It’ll mean that there’s real competition and that we’re pushing each other upwards. I hope we can win the title. We have quality and youth. I think we have every chance of winning this year, with the team we have. So it’s very clear.”


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