Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic confirmed to the Daily Mail that he will be departing the club after just two seasons because of differences with Pep Guardiola. The striker was often used as a substitute this season and was clearly not fitting in with his new manager’s system. In his first season with Bayern, Mario Mandzukic helped lead his club to a treble of the Bundesliga, German Cup, and Champions League titles but has been deemed surplus to requirements now.
The impending arrival of Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund has forced Mandzukic to rethink his position at the club and he seemed to make his mind up very early. The speculation began when Mandzukic did not even travel with the team to the DFB-Pokal Final, the German equivalent of the FA Cup Final. He confirms that he spoke to the Bayern chairman and requested a transfer before the match and that is why he was left off the squad.
Mario Mandzukic on his exit from Bayern Munich:
“I met with (Bayern chairman) Karl Heinz Rummenigge before the cup final and told him I wanted to leave the club. I’ve had a fantastic time at Bayern. It’s a great club and I never thought I’d want to leave, and especially not at this point in time.
But, let’s be honest, I cannot play to my strengths under [Pep] Guardiola’s style – no matter how hard I try. I realized that after the 1-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg and, that being the case, it’s best for all parties that we go our separate ways.” Source: The Daily Mail
Mario Mandzukic has been linked with a host of clubs this season including Chelsea and Arsenal. With the supposedly impending arrival of Diego Costa the move to Stamford Bridge seems unlikely but now he has given the green light to other clubs across Europe to come and bid for him. He will look to impress in the World Cup with Croatia to add to an already impressive list of suitors vying for his signature.