Olivier Giroud spoke to the French media, saying choosing Milan was easy and revealing he was surprised to not be called-up by the National team.
Giroud joined Milan from Chelsea this summer and his start for the Rossoneri has been comprised of ups and downs as after scoring a brace against Cagliari at San Siro, Olivier caught COVID-19 and then had back pain and missed a few games.
However, he is now back and is getting ready to face Atlético Madrid, against whom he scored an overhead kick in the Champions League Round of 16 last year.
The 34-year-old sat down for an interview with French media outlet Téléfoot, as reported by Milannews.it: “It’s true that a lot of things have happened in these last few weeks, these last few months. Milan? Choosing them was obvious, there weren’t exactly 15 clubs interested in signing me. I was a fan of the great Milan side of when I was younger, with Papin, Van Basten and Baresi. For me it’s a great pride to have been able to sign for this club. I hope to have fun here.”
On his welcome: “The welcome I received was wonderful. I was welcomed like in a family. I had a great debut, I’m very comfortable there and I’m hungry to win with Milan.”
On the first goal at Milan: “It was something that hadn’t happened to me since mid-March: feeling of happiness to play as a starter and enjoy myself like in my early youth. I don’t think I could have asked for more, honestly.”
On Ibrahimović: “Zlatan, he is a monument. They were expecting us to compete with each other. I hope I can score more than him, yes. It’ll mean that there’s real competition and that we’re pushing each other upwards.”
On the objective of seasonal goals: “About 15 goals, this is the number I specular. If I play all the games then yes…”
On the Scudetto: “I hope so. We have the quality – the young players. I think that this year we have all the possibilities with the group we have. So it’s a clear, sharp and precise objective.”
On the France national team: “I don’t think we can say we’ve come to terms with it [France’s EURO 2020 elimination] yet, it’s still hard to stomach. But we are competitors, there are other fixtures on the way. We have to turn the page. The fact that I was not called-up for the September games? Yes, it surprised me a little me, especially the fact that I wasn’t made aware before. But that’s the way it is. You have to keep moving forward and see what the future has in store. I’m happier when I’m on the pitch, playing and helping the team. But then there are choices which have been made and you have to respect them, and make do. The upcoming call-ups? We’ll see, as usual I’m not going to worry too much about it. If they call me up then I’ll do my best to help the team. Why not try to get a little closer to Henry?! But the future will tell us…”
On the Premier League: “I really liked the Premier League. But at some point we had to make a decision. The last three months over there, and this I said to the manager, Tuchel, were too difficult. So it seemed evident that I had to leave Chelsea. I moved on, with some emotion and after some fantastic moments there. There were good and bad times, but we did win three very nice titles.”