“Ibrahimovic asked me why they didn’t call me up anymore,” says Giroud

Olivier Giroud confided this Tuesday to the newspaper Le Parisien on the sidelines of his return to the Blues for the March friendlies against the Ivory Coast and South Africa. The AC Milan striker took the opportunity to talk about his relationship with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who did not understand why his partner was no longer called by Didier Deschamps.

Absent from the tricolor group since the Euro, Olivier Giroud He took advantage of Karim Benzema’s package to sign his return to the Blues. Barring a last-minute physical problem, the 35-year-old striker could play friendlies against the Ivory Coast and South Africa on March 25-29. selected by didier deschamps When not playing much at Chelsea, the French team’s second-highest goalscorer in history was absent from the manager’s lists despite a strong first half of the season with Italy’s AC Milan. A situation that even provoked a reaction. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“No (he didn’t talk about his return to the Blues with Zlatan) because everything went very quickly on Saturday. We had the match in the evening in Cagliari. Then we parted ways,” Olivier Giroud said in an interview with the newspaper on Tuesday. the parisian. But before that I had wondered why I was no longer called up to the national team. He wondered about it. We both speak well.”

Ibra is “a special character” for Giroud

Beyond this question from the Swede, himself recently returned to the national team, Olivier Giroud reviewed his relationship with his new partner. Presented as a capricious player with a strong character, the Scandinavian seduced the striker with 46 goals in 110 games for the Blues.

“We are talking about a special character with a strong personality, a bit ambivalent, a certain charisma. He stands out through his presence and his leadership on the ground,” enthused Olivier Giroud about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I also take it as an opportunity to continue learning with someone of such wealth. Ibra is a leader. She kind of embodies this older brother, even to me. I really liked him as a player. I discovered in the locker room a normal, natural person, although his voice sounds more than others “.

Giroud would be seen continuing in Italy

At over 40 years old, Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to string together good performances with AC Milan. Almost five years younger than her, Olivier Giroud He is not surprised by this longevity and could well postpone his retirement date as his contract expires in June 2023. The Italian league has often seen veteran goalscorers extend their careers there in recent years.

“In Italy there are attackers in their forties. I’m thinking of Quagliarella or pandev. The culture is another in Serie A, he returned to launch the one who scored 11 goals in 29 games this season. As long as you have unwavering determination in your head and your body allows it, age really isn’t a problem. If I can, I can see myself continuing for a few more years.”

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