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Olivier Giroud hints at AC Milan move despite new Chelsea contract

Giroud hints at Milan move despite new Chelsea deal
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Olivier Giroud hints that he may consider a summer transfer to AC Milan despite recently penning a new contract with Chelsea.

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has hinted that he may be prepared to consider a transfer to AC Milan later in the summer window.

Last week, it was revealed that Giroud's contract had been extended by Chelsea for an extra 12 months, seemingly ending speculation regarding a switch to San Siro.

However, speaking while on international duty in France, the 34-year-old has suggested that he will only think about any further developments on the club scene once he has represented his country at Euro 2020.

Speaking to reporters, Giroud said: "I want to make it clear that Chelsea reactivated the clause in April and they recently announced it to comply with Premier League rules.

"It's fair to remember that I liked Marco van Basten and Andriy Shevchenko. Milan are a big club and one of the great teams in Europe. But, today, I will not talk about my future at the club because I am focused on the France team and the Euros, which is fast approaching."

Giroud barely featured during the closing weeks of the season, playing just 71 minutes from the start of April.

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· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

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· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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