Giroud says he can still leave Chelsea to join Milan despite new deal

Sun 06 June 2021 | 18:49

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge for a further 12 months, but it may not necessarily mean he stays.


announced on Friday that they had triggered a one-year extension of the Frenchman’s contract in April, but


has hinted he could still join

AC Milan

in the summer transfer window.

“I want to make it clear that Chelsea reactivated the clause in April and they recently announced it to comply with Premier League rules,”

he said when asked whether the extension changed anything regarding his desire to leave


“It's fair to remember that I liked [Milan legends] Marco van Basten and Andriy Shevchenko.

“Milan are a big club and one of the great teams in Europe. But, today, I will not talk about my future at the club because I am focused on the France team and the Euros, which is fast approaching.”

Giroud’s focus is now on Euro 2020, where he has to fight for his place with

Karim Benzema

, who has been given a shock recall by

Didier Deschamps


"It is normal that the media are enthusiastic about the return of Benzema, because he is an additional weapon,” he said. “It is part of the game. But the people who support me know that I am here to play my part, without making too much noise. I'm doing my part of the job, I'm fully behind the team, I have no qualms, no hard feelings, I'm at peace.”

Giroud is chasing

Thierry Henry

’s France scoring record of 51. He has netted 44 goals and believes he can beat the



“I think it’s possible,”

he said.

“I am hardworking, ambitious, I will do everything to get there, but it will never be to the detriment of the collective. I am selfless, it does not obsess me.”

source: SportMob