'I told Tuchel': Player Chelsea sold in summer says he spoke to Blues boss before leaving

Olivier Giroud opened up about the conversation he had with Thomas Tuchel ahead of leaving Chelsea to join AC Milan in July.

Speaking to Telefoot, Giroud explained he held no regrets about swapping Stamford Bridge for the San Siro in the summer.

Milan obtained the Frenchman for around £855,000 (Sky Sports), ending his three-year relationship with Chelsea.

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Signed from Arsenal in 2018, the striker went on to play 119 times for the Blues, scoring 39 times.

He played a pivotal role in the 2019 Europa League triumph, plus got his hands on an FA Cup and Champions League winners’ medal.

However, Giroud’s Premier League career had been in gradual decline before setting sail for Serie A.

Last season, he started just eight top-flight matches and 12 in total across all competitions.

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“I liked the Premier League, but at some point, I had to make a decision,” admitted the experienced centre-forward.

“I told Tuchel that the last three months had been too difficult.

“It was an obvious choice to leave Chelsea. I moved on with great emotion for all the moments we lived.

“Some were good, some others not as much, but we won three important titles.”

Forwards on fire

Giroud has already made four appearances for Milan, with two goals to his name.

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But the 34-year-old is not the only attacker Chelsea let go who is thriving in Italy.

Tammy Abraham waved farewell to his boyhood club last month, as he boarded a plane to link up with Jose Mourinho at Roma.

His move to the capital has been an instant success.

In eight games, the Englishman is on three goals.

That is half the tally he managed throughout the entirety of his final campaign as a Chelsea player.

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Emersed in the culture and already adored by the Roma fans, Abraham is taking to life across the continent in his stride.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.