Giroud suggests he could still leave Chelsea this summer despite one year extension

Olivier Giroud has suggested he could still leave Chelsea this summer, despite the club activating a one-year extension to the forward’s contract.

Giroud has been linked with a summer exit after struggling for regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge last season, starting just eight league fixtures amid fierce competition for places.


The 34-year-old is currently with the France squad ahead of this summer’s European Championship and has discussed his future, with AC Milan reportedly interested in signing the veteran to strengthen their forward options ahead of next season.

Giroud has revealed that his contract extension with Chelsea was actually activated by the club a number of months ago, though refused to rule out the possibility of a departure in search of first-team football and admits Milan are ‘one of the great teams in Europe’.

“I want to make it clear that Chelsea reactivated the clause in April,” Giroud told a press conference.

“And they recently announced it to comply with Premier League rules.

“It’s fair to remember that I liked 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.”

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