'Thank you': Striker bids farewell to Chelsea teammates ahead of summer exit

Olivier Giroud has sent a farewell message to Chelsea teammates and fans ahead of his imminent transfer to AC Milan this summer.

The Blues activated a one-year extension option in the 34-year-old’s contract a few months ago, but as widely reported recently, he is keen on a new adventure in Serie A.

Thanks to the contract extension, however, Chelsea will still receive a €1million (£855,000) initial fee and a further €1m in bonuses subject to a number of appearances and qualification for the Champions League (Sky Sports).

Having already been spotted in Milan for a medical this morning, Giroud himself has now confirmed his departure.

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“To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments,” the striker wrote on Twitter.

“I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart.

“Our victories in the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Champions League have been magnificent.”

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The France international arrived at Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal back in 2018 and has been a reliable No.9 option and provided the relatively young Blues squad with experience.

In total, he has scored 39 goals from 119 appearances for Chelsea — which is impressive given he started most games from the bench.

Giroud will be the second Chelsea player to join Milan on a permanent deal, following Fikayo Tomori has already signed a permanent deal with the Serie A side, having previously had a successful loan spell at San Siro.

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