Julia Solans (interview by Jacques Vendroux) 22:01 p.m., June 12, 2023The Blues are again gathered in Clairefontaine for the two meetings against Gibraltar and Greece, on June 16 and 19. Exclusively on Europe 1, Olivier Giroud talks about the rest of his career at AC Milan by drawing a parallel with the recent retirement of his club teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, at 41.
While the championships are over, the Blues met in Clairefontaine to prepare for the next two matches against Gibraltar and Greece as part of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. In an exclusive interview for Europe 1, Olivier Giroud returns to various subjects. The disappearance of Silvio Berlusconi, the phenomenon Novak Djokovic, but also the recent retirement of his AC Milan teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose biopic is also planned on his life. The top scorer in the history of the France team takes the opportunity to draw a parallel with his future at the club.
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A career as long as Zlatan, "why not?"
"This is an example of longevity and an example of professionalism. We talked together, he is very motivated and very passionate, just like me," begins the centre-forward before adding: "After a while, your body and your physique tell you 'stop' and I think for him, it was time to stop." Does Olivier Giroud see himself continuing until the age of 41 like his former Swedish teammate? The Frenchman does not yet have a specific opinion on the matter but is being prosecuted at AC Milan.
"Why not? I do not plan for the medium or short term. I'm still at AC Milan for another year, then we'll see. I don't set limits, but for sure I'll play as much as I can to really enjoy, enjoy every moment and have maximum fun," he explains. Arrived at the Milan club in 2021, the French number 9 was able to celebrate a new title of Italian champion in 2022.
For the striker, the passion for the game is paramount in order to continue his career. "Why stop as long as I can continue?" concludes Olivier Giroud. At the age of 36, the top scorer in the history of the France team (53) still feels fit and says that "the body is fine". The Habs will look to increase their achievement counter against Gibraltar, 201st nation in the FIFA rankings, this Friday, June 16. Kick-off at 20:45.