Paolo Maldini lavished praise on Olivier Giroud shortly before his move from Chelsea to AC Milan was made official.
The French forward had been heavily linked with a move to Serie A for some time, but the deal seems like it’s finally almost over the line.
This will end a three-year relationship with Chelsea after he was signed from Arsenal in 2018 for a modest £18m (Sky Sports).
He was a double FA Cup winner whilst wearing blue, plus a Champions League and Europa League victor.
His short, but sweet legacy, will live on within the Stamford Bridge walls, even if that memory began to fade somewhat last season.
Giroud started just eight Premier League games in 2020/21, the last of which in February.
With fire left in the 34-year-old’s belly, he searched for another challenge and Milan welcomed him with open arms.
“Olivier is a champion; he’s done great things with France and Chelsea,” said Maldini, the club’s sporting director.
“He is a very reliable player and that’s what we are looking for, as we have the youngest squad in Serie A, so we need some with more experience.”
Maldini and his hierarchy chums have already raided Chelsea once this transfer window.
They managed to secure Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis, following his highly profitable loan-move in the previous campaign.