Olivier Giroud insists he "had to leave" Chelsea in dig at Thomas Tuchel

Olivier Giroud has opened up on his decision to leave Chelsea over the summer, branding his final three months at the club "too difficult".

Giroud, 35, called time on his three-and-a-half-year stint with the Blues to sign for AC Milan, where he has hit the ground running by scoring two goals in his first three Serie A outings.

The France striker was forced to make the move to Italy after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, earning a mere three Premier League starts after the latter replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea head coach back in January.

Despite powering home a sensational overhead kick to hand them a crucial win away at Atletico Madrid on their road to Champions League glory, it quickly became clear that Giroud was not part of Tuchel's plans in west London.

And the lack of game time left him with no choice but to wave goodbye to the Blues in the summer transfer window.

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"I really liked the Premier League, but you get to a point where a decision has to be made," the former Arsenal ace told Telefoot, via Get French Football News.

"My last three months over there – and this I said to the manager, Tuchel – were too difficult. It seemed evident that I had to leave the club.

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"A page was turning, with some emotion and after some fantastic moments there.

"There were good and bad times, but we did win three very nice titles."

Giroud appears to have settled quickly in Milan, scoring twice on his home debut against Cagliari last month.

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"I’m immensely proud to have been able to sign for this club. I hope I can enjoy myself here," he added.

"I had a great welcome, like I was welcomed into a family.

"I’ve started off really well, and I’m hungry for success with Milan."

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