Arrived in January at AC Milan for six months, Mario Mandzukic, who has played little due to muscle problems, sent a goodbye message to the club on Instagram.
Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic said goodbye to AC Milan on Monday at the end of his six-month contract, thanking the Rossoneri for offering him this freelance where he had little opportunity to get involved. value. At 36, the Croatian was recruited in January as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s understudy but muscle problems often took him away from the field: he made only eleven appearances, including only two as a starter, for less than 300 minutes of play. in total (and no goals scored).
“It was a pleasure to play for AC Milan, I am grateful to the club management for giving me this opportunity, to the technical support for their work and to my teammates who are not only excellent players. but also great guys, ”Mandzukic wrote to his 3.8 million Instagram followers.
Giroud, replacement envisaged
Milan finished 2nd in Serie A and will play in the C1 next season for the first time in seven years. Mandzukic, who had signed up for six months with an option for an additional season, distinguished himself in Milan by giving up his salary for the month of March, failing to have been able to play any game that month due to ‘a wound.
“I am happy that we brought this great club back to the Champions League and I wish everyone the best for the future,” added the ex-Juventus and Bayern Munich striker. The Lombards are already looking to replace him. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, they would have considered in particular the profile of Olivier Giroud (34), at the end of his contract at Chelsea and courted by many Italian clubs in recent years.