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Giroud Explains Why He Had to Leave Chelsea for AC Milan

The World Cup-winning striker left Stamford Bridge for San Siro over the summer, with a nine-year spell in English football brought to a close

Olivier Giroud says his decision to leave Chelsea for AC Milan was an “obvious choice”, with the French striker admitting that life at Stamford Bridge had become “too difficult”.

The World Cup-winning frontman brought a nine-year spell in English football to a close over the summer, with the former Arsenal star opting to take on a new challenge in Italy.

He walked away with FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League triumphs to his name, but with fierce competition for places in west London forcing him to accept that a fresh start had to be made at 34 years of age.

Explaining to Telefoot why he took the decision to swap London for Milan, Giroud said: “I liked the Premier League, but at some point, I had to make a decision.

“I told [Thomas] Tuchel that the last three months had been too difficult.

“It was an obvious choice to leave Chelsea, I moved on with great emotion for all the moments we experienced. Some were good, some others not so much, but we won three important titles.”