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AC Milan, Inter Milan looking elsewhere as Giroud decides to stay at Chelsea — report

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Olivier Giroud has started Chelsea’s last three Premier League games, and that has brought a renewed sense of optimism that the big man might actually decide to stay until next summer at least. Gametime at club level is Giroud’s primary concern heading into next summer’s delayed European Championship, but those requirements are surely being met right now by the club, with recent reports indicating that Giroud’s in fact quite content with the situation now.

AC Milan and Inter Milan have been reportedly keeping tabs on the France international, as part of their respective quests to sign a deputy striker, but are starting to realize that the chances of signing Giroud this winter are slim, if not non-existent.

Along similar lines, Fabrizio Romano (writing for Calciomercato) is claiming that both Milan clubs have started looking elsewhere for a centre forward. While earlier it looked like Giroud was almost certain to leave this winter, the situation has suddenly and drastically changed — as it so happens frequently in football — and all of Giroud’s potential suitors are aware of that.

The 34-year-old has seemingly not asked for a move lately, and with Chelsea happy to keep him, the saga of his departure this winter appears to have all but reached its not-happening end already.

This does bode well for the Blues because of Olivier’s terrific form as of late (6 goals in his last 4 starts), and there’s a good chance that he will be vital for us in the second half of the season as well.