AC Milan confirm signing of Mario Mandzukic on six-month deal with the option to extend it by a further year as Serie A leaders hand ex-Juventus striker the No 9 shirt and bolster stacked frontline in bid to win the title
- AC Milan have confirmed the signing of veteran striker Mario Mandzukic
- Mandzukic has agreed to join on a six-month deal with the option to another year
- The Rossoneri have handed the 34-year-old the iconic No 9 shirt for this season
AC Milan have completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic on a six-month deal and have given the Croatian striker the club’s iconic No 9 shirt.
The 34-year-old has joined on a free transfer after leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail last July and will add even more experience to an already-stacked frontline in a bid to help secure the Serie A title this season.
Milan, who are currently top of the Italian table by three points courtesy of a a 2-0 victory at Cagliari on Monday, also have the option to extend Mandzukic’s deal by a further year.
AC Milan have completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic on a six-month deal
The move for the former Juventus and Bayern Munich star has been lauded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who revealed he is delighted to line up alongside him for the remainder of the season.
The evergreen Ibrahimovic has been a revelation since returning to the club and is now relishing that there is ‘another goalscorer’ at the club.
‘I am very happy,’ the veteran Swedish striker told Sky Italia on Monday. ‘There will be two of us to scare the opponents now!’
He added: ‘So far we are doing well. We are almost halfway through the league and now the games are starting to be more difficult.
The veteran striker won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013
Mandzukic has won major honours with Juventus (right) and Atletico Madrid (left)
‘It will be a very tough season, but now with Mandzukic and Meite, and I don’t know if others will arrive, we will have more players available for the coach that can rotate in.’
Mandzukic has plenty of experience playing in Italy’s top flight, having featured for Juventus between 2015 and 2019, scoring 44 goals in 162 games in all competitions. He has won the Scudetto on four different occasions with the Old Lady.
Aston Villa, West Ham and Celta Vigo have all previously expressed an interest in Mandzukic after his deal in Qatar was terminated early, but a switch to the San Siro proved to be the most enticing.
Milan boss Stefano Pioli revealed he couldn’t wait to see Mandzukic in action and was delighted at the competition he would bring for others at the club.
Mandzukic scored a spectacular overhead kick in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in 2017
Milan are looking to maintain their title charge at the top of Serie A ahead of arch rivals Inter as they go in search of their first league title since the 2010-11 campaign.
‘Ibra said he’ll take care of keeping him at bay,’ Pioli joked after Monday’s final whistle. ‘I’m happy, the club is ambitious, they want Milan back on top. Mandzukic’s arrival goes into this situation.
‘Given the many commitments and critical issues of this season, we need many players. I also tell them that the quantity of minutes is not important, but the quality.
‘When the club proposed it to me, I immediately said yes, I spoke to him, he’s very motivated, he’s a winner’.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing the opportunity to link up with Mandzukic at the San Siro
Stefano Pioli’s side remain three points clear at the top of Serie A after beating Cagliari 2-0
Mandzukic has enjoyed an accomplished career so far, winning 24 trophies over a 17-year period.
He has won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Bayern, while also winning domestic honours in Germany on multiple occasions.
In 497 appearances since making his professional debut in 2004, Mandzukic has gone on to score 197 goals and provide 84 assists across five different leagues.