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Olivier Giroud is keen to play in MLS before the end of his career, the France international revealed in an interview on French television on Wednesday.

“MLS, for my family, my children who speak English, it is interesting. In a year? Two years? I don’t know when. But of course, I will be opened to a new challenge,” the Chelsea forward told RMC Sport.

Sources told ESPN FC that Giroud, 33, has watched the league and has followed the careers of European players who moved there — and has already been approached about a move there for himself a few times already. 

Giroud will be out of contract next June and the former Arsenal star won’t close other doors either and will look at all the options and offers — including staying at Chelsea, where he is happy.

“It is not only MLS which could interest me,” he told RMC Sport.

The Frenchman, currently preparing with Les Bleus for two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra at home, could have been on the market this summer but Chelsea decided to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge.

“There has been no discussions because the club had an option for an extra year and they took it because they were happy with my contribution to the club. It is even more than that. There is real trust. It was not really my desire to leave anyway so I never asked myself about a possible departure,” he said.

Giroud joined Chelsea from rivals Arsenal in January 2018 for £15 million, which allowed to play more and secure his spot in France’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad. He was instrumental in helping Chelsea win the the Europa League last season with 11 goals in 12 games, including one in the final in Baku against his former club.

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