Olivier Giroud highlights Milan for the upcoming campaign and gives his thoughts on new signing Christian Pulisic.
The 36-year-old French veteran played a key role for Stefano Pioli last season, being a relatively reliable source of goals, scoring 18 goals in 47 games in all competitions. His work earned him a new one-year contract in the Lombard capital.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out and retired, Giroud has now assumed a leading role on the Milan front line and will be alternating with new signing Noah Okafor.
Speaking to DAZN via Calciomercato.com, Giroud opened up firsthand on what it’s like returning to Milan after the summer break.
“I missed the ball, I played with my kids, but I am happy to be back in training. Nice to see my teammates and the new players that have come.
They talked about the departure of locker room leader Ibrahimovic.
“I’m sorry he’s retired, he’ll be missed. I try to be a big brother in the dressing room, I try to help the young players with my experience.”
The 36-year-old talked about the team’s goals for the next campaign.
“Our goal is to have the best possible season in the league and the Champions League. Getting a second star would be extraordinary. That’s our goal.
He praised the qualities of star winger Rafael Leao, who recently signed a new long-term contract with Milan.
“He has extraordinary qualities, he still has room for improvement, he can reach Mbappe’s level. He needs to improve his numbers, but the potential is there.
He gave his opinion on Pulisic’s new signing.
“He’s a very quick player in tight spaces, he’s also good in front of goal. He’ll definitely bring something more to our team.”
Giroud spoke about Paolo Maldini, who was sacked last month as technical director.
“He was one of my favorite players when I was young. For me, he is Italian class. He and the coach gave me the chance to play for Milan.
Finally, Giroud discussed what awaits him in the future.
“If I am still here at 36, it is because my body allows it. I have a lot of inspiration. I have a great competitive spirit. I believe I can still help the team.