Olivier Giroud opened up about his difficult World Cup final, his contract situation with Milan and plans for the future.
The 36-year-old Frenchman proved himself a key part of Les Bleus’ squad at the World Cup in Qatar, scoring four goals across six games and playing an important role in the team’s frontline. He was brought off in the final by Didier Deschamps after just 41 minutes, raising eyebrows across the world.
Speaking to Canal Football Club, Giroud first discussed his next steps with the France national team.
“For the moment I’m continuing with the national team. I was struck by the fact that Hugo decided to leave, our relationship is special.
“Anything can happen, I have not retired from the international stage and that is why I remain available.
“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.”
He reflected on his difficult World Cup final.
“Until the final, it was a very good World Cup. I was disappointed and surprised to go off, I guess it was a tactical choice by Deschamps.
“Being substituted in the 40th minute gave me a lot of mixed emotions, but I always supported my teammates.”
The 36-year-old spoke about Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who was forced to withdraw from the tournament through injury.
“He was the first choice, I had to be the back up, simple as that. His absence was a hard blow, although it didn’t spoil the good mood of the squad, which was there when he was with us.
“I couldn’t say goodbye to him, but I wrote to him that I was sorry for his injury. It was an honest and spontaneous message.
“Unfortunately, it’s part of football, an injury can sometimes favour another player. I took advantage of it, but that doesn’t mean I was happy to see him go.”
Giroud commented on his desire to move forward with Milan and where he could go in the future.
“I want to renew with Milan, with the Scudetto win I entered the hearts of the fans. I’m talking with the club, if there’s a chance to finish my career at a high level at Milan I’ll do it.
“I could choose an exotic destination, I’ve always liked the MLS.”
Finally, Giroud discussed his goals for the future.
“To continue scoring goals and winning trophies with Milan. As for France, I don’t know yet. I’m still reflecting.”
The 36-year-old Giroud has scored nine goals and provided six assists across 24 appearances this season for Milan.