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  • Updated: August 03, 2021

Giroud Confident Of Partnership With Ibrahimovic At AC Milan

Giroud Confident Of Partnership With Ibrahimovic At AC Milan

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France International striker, Olivier Giroud is confident he can strike up a fearsome partnership with AC Milan talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic after leaving Chelsea to join the Serie A side in what he described as a dream move.

The 34-year-old is expected to compete with Ibrahimovic for one striker spot in Stefano Pioli’s side, but he is open to the idea of forming a vastly experienced front two with the 39-year-old Swede.

“I’m pretty sure we can complement each other, no matter what tactic Pioli wants to play. I think it’s very easy to have a good understanding with that kind of player,” the Frenchman told a news conference.

“He’s a great player, a big personality. I’m looking forward to showing everyone we can play together. I’m not going to say I want to play in front of any players, Pioli will make the decisions. But I think it’s a good thing that the coach can count on strikers with different qualities.

“I believe Ibra over time plays more like a number 10, he wants to have the game in front of him, organising the game as a playmaker. We can have a good understanding and have good complementary qualities.”

The move marked the end of a nine-year spell in the English Premier League for Giroud, who started only nine league games for Chelsea last season.

The striker possesses a glittering CV, having won three FA Cups at Arsenal and the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League at Stamford Bridge, as well as playing a leading role in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph.

“It was the time to discover another championship, country and culture. I had this opportunity and for me it was the best option,” he said.

“My time was basically over at Chelsea, when you understand the manager wants to play a different type of striker and spend a lot of money. It was clear that it was time for me to leave the club.

“When I was young, I always watched Arsenal because of the French players, and AC Milan,” he added.

“I looked up to Jean-Pierre Papin and Andriy Shevchenko. It’s an honour to play for Milan because so many legends played for this club.”

Last season, Giroud was heavily linked with a move to Milan’s city rivals Inter Milan, who went on to win the Serie A title. Asked about the speculation, he said: “I’m a Christian and I believe that my destiny was to sign for Milan and not for Inter last year.”

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No Teams P Pts
1 Inter Milan 38 91
2 AC Milan 38 79
3 Atalanta 38 78
4 Juventus 38 78
5 Napoli 38 77
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