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Olivier Giroud signs one-year contract renewal with AC Milan

Olivier Giroud has signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan worth €3.5 million plus bonuses.

The 36-year-old centre-forward penned the contract at Casa Milan a few hours before they made the news public.

Giroud’s previous deal was due to expire in June this year, but Milan extended it by a year.

An official statement from the 19-time Scudetto winners read: “AC Milan is proud to announce that Olivier Giroud has renewed his contract with the Club.

“Olivier, at AC Milan since the summer of 2021, has become an important linchpin in the Rossoneri forward line, making 76 appearances and scoring 27 goals.”

The French international has been superb for the Rossoneri since joining as a free agent after leaving Chelsea.

The former Arsenal attacker has bagged eight goals and four assists this campaign. He has helped Milan to fourth place in the Serie A table.

They are also in the Champions League semi-finals after defeating Napoli 2-1 on aggregate. Giroud scored in the second leg yesterday.

Giroud will continue his career at the club level for another year, just as he has done with the French national team.

He said he would not quit the Les Bleus set-up despite becoming France’s all-time top scorer.

AC Milan want to refresh their forward line, but Giroud has been the most impressive of their options.

Milan are considering letting Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave when his contract expires this summer.

Due to age and injuries, he is not playing at the level the Serie A champions expect of him.

Divock Origi may follow Ibrahimovic out of the door after an unimpressive debut campaign in Italy. The 28-year-old has scored only two goals in 29 appearances.

Milan will move for another striker this summer, and there are strong links to Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun, who is impressing in Ligue 1 on loan at Reims.

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