Mario Mandzukic has announced his desire to leave Bayern Munich after admitting he does not suit Pep Guardiola’s style of play.
Mandzukic has fallen down the pecking order at Bayern after failing to hold down a regular place in their starting XI under Guardiola.
The 28-year-old said: “I met with (Bayern chairman) Karl Heinz Rummenigge before the cup final and told him I wanted to leave the club.”
The Bayern Munich striker made the comments in a Croatian newspaper. He is wanted by a host of English clubs with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all thought to be keen on signing the star.
Mandukic was Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He joined Bayern in 2012 from Wolfsburg for a fee of €13 million and scored 22 goals in his debut season, helping them to a historic treble under manager Jupp Heynckes.
After the retirement of Heynckes, Pep Guardiola took charge of the German side signing a three-year contract. Mandzukic had another impressive goal scoring campaign and scored 28 goals under Guardiola. Despite this record, he does not seem to have the type of game that suits Guardiola’s Tika-taka style of play.
Mandzukic said: “Let’s be honest, I cannot play to my strengths under Guardiola’s style – no matter how hard I try.”
The striker will be playing for Croatia at the World Cup and they will be looking for him to provide firepower up front playing in a group including Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon.
He will miss the opening match against Brazil due to suspension after he was sent off in the second leg of November’s 2-0 aggregate playoff win over Iceland.
Mandzukic is a player with real quality. He would be a great signing for any English team and would likely demand a transfer fee upwards of €20 million.
Podge O’ Halloran, Pundit Arena