Ever since Mario Mandzukic was left out of Bayern Munich's squad for the DFB Pokal Final against Borussia Dortmund, we've been waiting for a statement of some sort from the player regarding his future. For the most part, Bayern fans have been preparing themselves for the Croatian's eventual departure, Now, we have word directly from Mandzukic in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji.
The style that Pep Guardiola prefers does not suit me. After the first Madrid match, I realized that, no matter how hard I work, I can't give my best. I just don't feel good and I think it's the best to part ways. I wish all the best to Bayern and Pep, but it's time for the new challenge.
Mandzukic says that he first told Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he wanted to leave Bayern around May 8.
So, two summers ago, Bayern bought Mandzukic from Wolfsburg for around €13 million. While it's not everything to go buy in what a player's final value will be, Transfermarkt currently values Mandzukic at €30 million. Considering that Mandzukic has scored 48 goals in 88 appearances over two seasons, you can see that his value will be drastically higher than what Bayern paid for him.
Bayern won eight trophies in Mandzukic's two seasons with the club: Bundesliga (2x), DFB Pokal (2x), UEFA Champions League, DFL Supercup, UEFA Supercup, and FIFA Club World Cup. There's no questioning value that Mandzukic provided to Bayern in his time with the club, and we wish him well with whatever club he joins.
Where will he end up? Rumors recently still link him with potential moves to Arsenal, Juventus, and Milan.