It's has been a long time coming. First, he was linked with Manchester United, then came the Chinese clubs. However, Juventus forward, Mario Mandzukic, has finally left the Biaconeri after spending half of the 2019/2020 football season exempted from the Juventus squad.
Mandzukic, who has played for top clubs like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in his illustrious career, was the bad egg for the new Juventus’ manager. Maurizio Sarri opted to bring Higuain back from his loan stint and sent Mandzukic out of his squad.
The Croat who turns 34 next year, was an integral part of the Croatia’s finalist squad of 2018, scoring the winning goals. He also helped the Juventus grab its eight consecutive scudetto last season under the tutelage of former Manager, Maximiliano Allegri.
After four months of being frozen out of Sarri’s squad, Mandzukic has decided to terminate his contract with the Turin club, as he moves on to ply his trade in the middle-east.
Mandzukic has now moved to Al Duhail, in Qatar, where he would finally get enough playing time while receiving a mouthwatering pay package.
As announced by the Qatari side, Mandzukic signed a contract on Tuesday with Al Duhail. His annual salary is reported to be nothing above €12 million ending any kind of talk that the move might be off due to a variety of reasons.
Juventus is yet to announce anything on its official website or via its various social media channels, but it will only be a matter of time before they commiserate with Mandzukic departure.
During his four and half years with Juventus, Mandzukic scored a total of 43 goals in 159 games in all competitions. He won the hearts of Juventus supporters and is highly respected for his work ethic and professionalism.