(Rome) Olivier Giroud, 36, the record holder for goals in the French team, has extended his contract with AC Milan by one year, until 2024, the Italian club announced on Wednesday.

“AC Milan are pleased to announce the extension of Olivier Giroud’s contract,” the reigning Italian champion wrote on his website.

Arriving in the summer of 2021 in a luxury understudy role for Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Montpellier striker quickly made himself indispensable to the Rossoneri last season, scoring several decisive goals in the conquest of the club’s first scudetto since 2011.

The 2018 world champion remains the Milanese’s No.1 centre-forward this season, in particular due to the repeated absences of 41-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

In Naples on Tuesday, Giroud was again one of the great architects of qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League, by signing his 13th goal of the season, in all competitions.

This one-year extension will allow the top scorer in the history of the Blues (53 goals in 121 selections) to continue the Milan adventure until Euro-2024.

In addition to the World Cup with the Blues and the title of Italian champion (2022) with Milan, Giroud notably has the Champions League (with Chelsea), the Europa League (with Chelsea), four English Cups on his list. (with Arsenal and Chelsea) and the title of champion of France won with Montpellier in 2012.