Monday, 9th June, 2014

Mario Mandzukic has put Arsenal and Chelsea on high alert after finally addressing speculation about his future, revealing he wants to leave Bayern Munich.

Mandzukic’s future has been a source of constant speculation ever since it emerged that Robert Lewandowski will join the German champions this summer from Borussia Dortmund.

After months of speculation, the Croatian has addressed his future by saying that he wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer and he has made his feelings known to the club’s hierarchy, believing a parting of the ways is better all round.

"I met the chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge before the World Cup preparations. I told him that I want to leave the club”, Mandzukic told Novosti.


The striker feels that his strengths are not being utilised properly in Pep Guardiola’s style of play at the Allianz Arena at present.

“It's a great club and I never thought I would want to leave, especially at this time. But let's be honest. I cannot use my power in Guardiola's style of play, no matter how hard I try.”

The 28-year-old said that Guardiola, who left him out of the matchday squad for the German Cup final, is a great coach but believes that it will be beneficial for everybody if he leaves the club this summer.

"I realised that after the 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League. If that's the case, it is best for all parties if we go our own way.

“Guardiola is a great coach and I wish him and all others at the club all the best for the future.”

Arsenal and Chelsea have shown a keen interest in the Croatian hitman and his agent was in England earlier this year to talk to the representatives of both leading London clubs about a possible move.

Mandzukic clocked up 48 appearances for Bayern Munich last season, scoring 26 goals and providing ten assists. He is sure to have no shortage of suitors.

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