Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has informed Bayern Munich of his desire to leave the club.
Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has told of his desire to leave the Bavarian club after being quoted in a Croatian newspaper saying that he simply could not see himself following coach Pep Guardiola’s playing style.
The announcement is likely to spark interest within some English Premier League clubs said to be chasing the signature of the 28-year-old.
“I had a great time at Bayern, but let’s be honest, the style of game forced by Pep Guardiola does not suit me,” he told Sportske Novosti.
“No matter how hard I try I cannot see myself in that kind of football and I cannot give my best.
“Since that is the case, I think it’s best to separate.”
Mandzukic spoke from Brazil, where he is training with the Croatian team in preparation for their opening match against the hosts on Thursday – a match in which he will miss through suspension.
Despite reports of a rift between The ex-Wolfsburg man and Guardiola, Mandzukic thanked the manager.
“Thanks to Guardiola, who is really a great coach, I wish them all a lot of success.”
Mandzukic said that he had informed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in May that he wanted to leave the club.
He did not say who his next club would be, but reports have linked him to Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.