clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Giroud not talking about AC Milan, happy to talk it out with Benzema

New, comments

Focused on Euro 2020

FBL-EURO-2020-2021-FRA-TRAINING Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Like all players about to take part in Euro 2020, Olivier Giroud is only focused on the task at hand, especially with France being one of the big favorites to win it all this summer.

But that doesn’t change the fact that his future remains very much subject to rumors, especially after the surprise announcement earlier this week that Chelsea had extended his contract by a year back in April.

It’s one of the rare cases where a new contract has actually created more speculation rather than less, since prior to that it was assumed he would be a free agent, free to sign with any team (but probably AC Milan). Whether Milan would still want him if they have to pay a transfer fee, or whether Chelsea are willing to let him go for free despite the contract, are just a couple of the permutations now possible and thus subject to more transfer market stories and such.

Giroud himself of course won’t get drawn on talking about any of this, which he demonstrated by not talking about it at Sunday’s press conference.

“AC Milan, they are a great club. But I will not talk about my future, Chelsea activated in April the extension option, they announced it. My future at club level, I will not speak about it, I am focused on the Euro.”

-Olivier Giroud; source: RMC Sport via Google Translate

And there’s plenty of potential for drama with the French team, as usual, including their decision to recall Karim Benzema for the first time in five years. In addition to all the controversy around him — sex tapes and blackmail, fit for a Netflix series — Benzema has also had a well publicized beef with Giroud over social media, comparing the Chelsea striker (and second all-time leading goalscorer for France, now just 7 behind Thierry Henry) to a “go-kart” while he himself was of course “Formula 1” level.

But Giroud, at least in public, is happy to bury the hatchet with a smile, for the good of Les Bleus.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to discuss it, maybe it will happen, it’s something that makes me smile. I repeat, for the 100th time, I have no problem with that, no hard feelings.

“I have already said it, it would make me happy to enjoy with him, maybe after the Euro, I will invite him on a kart circuit if we win the Euro and we will get away with it, at the kart.”

-Olivier Giroud; source: RMC Sport via Google Translate

Well, good luck with all that, Oli G.

FBL-FRA-FRIENDLY-TRAINING Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images