Wednesday, 29th January, 2014

Arsenal and Juventus will be following Bayern Munich closely this year after honorary president Franz Beckenbauer claimed Mario Mandzukic's time could be at an end.

The Bavarians will welcome Robert Lewandowski to Munich this summer, which will give Mandzukic even more competition than he already has.

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The 27-year-old Mandzukic became linked with Arsenal and Juventus recently, even as Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge promised a contract renewal.

Mandzukic has bagged himself 10 goals in 16 league games this season, but has been fluctuating between regular starting roles and being a super-sub.


And when asked if Lewandowski's arrival signalled the end for Mandzukic, Beckenbauer told Die Welt: "Actually, yes.

"Lewandowski fits in with Guardiola's playing style rather than Mandzukic, who is a pure centre forward.

"And then there are Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller, who can also play up front.

"Of course, there are always disgruntled players in the squad.

"No professional likes sitting on the bench.

"But Pep gives everyone his chance."

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