'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.
“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.”
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.