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Report: Chelsea ace Olivier Giroud wants AC Milan switch

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has decided that AC Milan are the club he would like to join when his Stamford Bridge contract expires.

The French striker will leave the Blues this summer, ending his three-year stint in West London.

Plenty of clubs have been linked with interest but a report by Gazzetta dello Sport claims moving to AC Milan is the preferred choice.

A two year contract is on the table at the San Siro and Giroud is keen to pursue a move to Italy.

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud; Photo; Catherine Ivill; Getty Images

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The World Cup-winning striker has scored 11 goals during 2020/21 but has been far from first choice.

At 34, Thomas Tuchel will be looking for younger options to spearhead his attack next season.

Tammy Abraham could also depart, leaving Timo Werner as the only senior striker at the club.

In total, the intelligent centre-forward has scored 39 goals and claimed 14 assists from his 119 appearances in all competitions.

He managed just eight starts during last season and he will now seek regular first-team football elsewhere.

Giroud arrived at Chelsea from Arsenal and he’s proved a decent Premier League player over the years.

He does have offers from other clubs in the English top-flight, although it is claimed Giroud is keen to seek a new challenge.

Giroud deserves immense respect from Chelsea fans

Throughout his time in England, Giroud has been vastly underrated at times by both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Scoring 90 goals in 255 appearances isn’t bad but it’s perhaps his other attributes that have caught the eye.

Giroud brings other players into play and can score different types of goals. He also puts a shift in and takes his game very seriously.

Giroud will see his Chelsea deal expire this summer; Photo; Darren Walsh; Chelsea FC; Getty Images

Given his age and the fact he’s hardly started this season, letting him leave does make sense.

Tuchel will need to reshuffle his squad if they are to challenge for the title and there won’t be a place for Giroud.

AC Milan would be a good move for him and the £110,000-a-week player could thrive in Serie A.

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