Mario Mandžukić has officially joined as a free agent and he will be wearing the #9 jersey in Red and Black.
Milan have decided to reinforce the attack in this January mercato and they’ve brought in someone who can replace Zlatan Ibrahimović when needed.
That someone is Mario Mandžukić. The 34-year-old Croatian underwent the medical check-ups at La Madonnina Clinic yesterday and today he was at Casa Milan to put pen to paper.
“Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Mario Mandžukić. The Club and the striker have agreed on a deal until the end of the current season with an option to extend the contract for the next one,” a statement on the website of the Rossoneri reads.
“Born in Slavonski Brod (Croatia) on May 21, 1986, Mario Mandžukić started his professional career in 2004 with NK Marsonia before joining NK Zagreb and GNK Dinamo Zagreb. In summer 2010, he moved to Germany to play for VfL Wolfsburg (60 appearances and 20 goals) and Bayern Munich (88 appearances and 48 goals). In the 2014/15 season, he went on to play for Atletico Madrid scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances before joining FC Juventus. In his five seasons with FC Juventus, he made 162 appearances and scored 44 goals. In January 2020, he joined Qatari side Al-Duhail with one goal in 7 appearances.
“Mandžukić has won 24 trophies including 1 UCL, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Cup World Cup, 9 championships and 12 between national Cups and Super Cups. He is the second-best scorer ever of the Croatian national team with 33 goals in 89 appearances.
“Mario Mandžukić will wear the number 9 jersey.” Mario is expected to get €1.8m plus bonuses during his next six months at the club. He’ll be called-up for the match against Atalanta on Saturday.
“I’m thankful to the Milan leadership for the opportunity to join this great club,” he wrote on social media. “It will be a real honour to wear this iconic jersey and fight for the Rossoneri. I can only promise to give my best effort in every game and try to help the team in any way that I can.”