‘I’ve always liked MLS’ – France 2022 World Cup hero hints at possible future move

‘I’ve always liked MLS’ – France 2022 World Cup hero hints at possible future move

France 2022 World Cup star Olivier Giroud has hinted at a future switch to MLS, but is keen to remain with AC Milan for the time being.

The striker, who became his country’s all-time top scorer during the tournament in Qatar, has scored nine goals in all competitions this season for the Italian side.

And he has 53 for Les Bleus, becoming the nation’s leading scorer after finding the back of the net in the round of 16 meeting with Poland. The striker scored four goals in the tournament, bettered only by compatriot Kylian Mbappe (8) and Lionel Messi (7).

France star eager to stay at Milan

As reported by LiveScore, Giroud has always entertained the notion of following in the footsteps of many top players in journeying to MLS.

The likes of iconic figures Andrea Pirlo, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thierry Henry all lined out in the top flight of US football once upon a time. But the idea is merely an option for Giroud in the future, with the ex-Arsenal and Chelsea man eager to extend his stay at Milan.

He has made 62 appearances for the Serie A giants since moving there in 2021. The lethal forward helped the club lift the league trophy last season, where they edged out fierce rivals Inter by just two points.

The France striker’s deal runs out in the summer, but he has now confirmed he has entered into talks with the club in order to resolve his immediate future in Italy.

“I want to renew with Milan, with the victory of the Scudetto I entered the hearts of the fans,” said Giroud. “I’m talking to the club, if there is a chance to finish my career at a high level at Milan I will. I could choose an exotic destination; I’ve always liked MLS.”

Milan keen to close gap on Napoli

While the France icon has continued finding the back of the net at times, he and his club have somewhat slowed down slightly this season following their heroics last time out.

Milan’s clinical striker netted 14 goals in all competitions in the title-winning season, with his nine so far this time around not enough to put the club in first spot.

They trail league leaders Napoli by 12 points, although the San Siro outfit do have a game in hand. A tough test at sixth-placed Lazio awaits later today.


France legend wants to continue with Les Bleus

Giroud also touched on his future with the France national team, having recently watched goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris call time on his international career.

At 36 years old, the Tottenham Hotspur number one is still going strong at club level, but has decided to leave France’s goalkeeping duties to the next generation. Giroud is also 36, but is determined to continue on with Les Bleus.

“For the moment I continue with the national team,” said Giroud. “I was struck by the fact that Hugo has decided to leave, our relationship is special.

“Anything can happen, I have not withdrawn from the international stage and for this reason I remain callable. I have to understand if I still want to wear the blue shirt, which means a lot to me, I want to take some time before deciding.”

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