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AC Milan directors meet Olivier Giroud’s reps over contract extension

AC Milan directors met with representatives of Olivier Giroud, Michael Manuello and Vincenzo Morabito, today, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

They are finalising his new contract with the Rossoneri as his current deal expires in June 2023.

Both parties are keen on extending the Frenchman’s stay beyond this summer. They are calm that they will reach an agreement shortly.

Giroud was part of the Milan squad that won the Scudetto last season. He scored 11 goals and assisted three in 29 league appearances.

The Frenchman has bagged eight goals and four assists this term, helping Milan to fourth place in the Serie A table. They are also in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will face Napoli.

Milan and Giroud want to extend his stay until 2024. They are close to agreeing a deal and today’s meeting established the framework.

Giroud could sign a new deal in the next few days. The 36-year-old is vital to Milan and they would love to extend his stay in Italy to three years.

The former Arsenal player recently said he does not plan on quitting international football. He will continue with France after overtaking Thierry Henry to become his country’s top scorer. 

Playing for Milan will only boost his chances of getting call-ups under Didier Deschamps.

This new deal for Giroud will help clarify one aspect of the club’s striker situation. The seven-time Champions League winners want to add more firepower to their forward line.

Divock Origi has been disappointing since joining the club on a free transfer from Liverpool last summer.

Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are in the twilight of their careers and aren’t prolific scorers any more.

Milan need more goals to fight for titles and will be in the market for a new striker this summer.

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