AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori has welcomed the arrival of his former Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud at the Italian giants.
The Blues youth graduate joined the Serie A side on a permanent basis earlier this summer having impressed on a loan spell in the second half of last season.
He is now being joined at the Rossoneri by Giroud, whose three-and-a-half year spell at Stamford Bridge is over after his move to Italy was confirmed on Saturday.
The France international bagged 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues in total, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
Giroud will now compete with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao for a starting spot in Milan’s attack, with the club back in the Champions League this season after finishing third in Serie A last season.
Tomori has said of Giroud’s arrival: “(He is) a very kind person as well as a great forward.
“He has immense experience, he has played in great teams, always scoring a lot and above all winning a lot. He will help us.”
Upon being unveiled at the Milanese giants, Giroud has said: “Hello Milan fans, I am very proud to have Italian origins and I can’t wait to start this exciting adventure with you.
“I thank Ivan Gazidis whom I have known for a long time, Paolo Maldini, Frederic Massara and Mr (Stefano) Pioli for the welcome.
“I feel like a little kid still at 35 years old, almost 35 years old.
“Because when I was younger I looked up at Jean-Pierre Papin, Andriy Shevchenko and of course Paolo [Maldini]. This team… I was a great fan of [Marco] Van Basten.”
Giroud took to Twitter to thank Chelsea fans for the “special moments” and said that he is “starting a new journey with a light and happy heart”.
The Frenchman wrote: “To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments.
“Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent.”
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Tomori scored one goal in 22 appearances for Milan after joining the Italian club on a loan deal in January, before joining the club permanently from Chelsea in a deal worth £28.5million – an option included as part of the original loan move.
Despite the size of the fee, the defender – who has been capped at senior level for England – was adamant the fee was not a ‘burden’ for him and he is enjoying life at the club.
He has said: “No burdens, it is a great satisfaction to feel this trust around me.
“Everyone is helping me.
“I understood it immediately: Milan is the right place for me.”
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