Giroud agent: ‘Chelsea made Milan promise’

Olivier Giroud’s agent explains Chelsea exercised the option on his contract, but ‘with the promise he’d be released’ if an offer came along from a club abroad, for example Milan.

The announcement this afternoon was a genuine surprise, as Chelsea stated they had exercised their option to extend his contract to June 2022.

Giroud had been in advanced negotiations for a free transfer to Milan, so the note in their statement that the option had been exercised “back in April” raised a few eyebrows.

Calciomercato.com contacted the France international’s agents, who assured nothing has realistically changed.

“Chelsea exercised a unilateral option, but with the promise he’d be released if there was an offer from a foreign club.”

That means Milan could still take Giroud as a free agent, but Chelsea wanted to protect themselves from losing the striker to fellow Premier League club West Ham United.