Olivier Giroud teed up AC Milan to announce his move to the San Siro by bidding Chelsea farewell on social media.
The World Cup-winning France striker teased the Milan switch by revealing he would be embarking on “a new journey with a light and happy heart”.
The 34-year-old won the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League in three years at Chelsea, having joined from Arsenal in 2018.
“To all the Blues, to my team-mates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments,” Giroud posted on Twitter.
“I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart.
“Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent.”
The ever-dependable Giroud bagged a goal in Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League final win over his former club Arsenal in the 2019 final in Baku.
And the France hitman then played a crucial role in Chelsea’s run to the 2021 Champions League crown, too.
Giroud became the oldest player to net a Champions League hat-trick when claiming all the goals in the Blues’ 4-0 win at Sevilla in December 2020.
He also scored the only goal in the Blues’ 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the last-16 first leg, with the Stamford Bridge men eventually defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto.
Giroud’s west-London exit is expected to be followed in the coming days by defender Marc Guehi’s move to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are understood to have struck a deal to reach a fee of £18 million to convince Chelsea to part with the highly rated 21-year-old, who has spent the last season and a half on loan at Swansea.
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