Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic has said he will leave German champions Bayern Munich after the World Cup because coach Pep Guardiola’s style of play does not work to his strengths.
United are among the English clubs who are believed to be monitoring the Croatian striker’s situation and they will take encouragement from these quotes.
Mandzukic was left out of the squad for Bayern’s 2-0 German Cup final win over Borussia Dortmund last month as his fallout with former Barcelona manager Guardiola became clear.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, he said: “I met with (Bayern chairman) Karl Heinz Rummenigge before the cup final and told him I wanted to leave the club.
“I’ve had a fantastic time at Bayern. It’s a great club and I never thought I’d want to leave, and especially not at this point in time.
“But, let’s be honest, I cannot play to my strengths under Guardiola’s style – no matter how hard I try.
“I realised that after the 1-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg and, that being the case, it’s best for all parties that we go our separate ways.
“Guardiola is an outstanding coach and I wish him and everyone else at the club all the best in the future.
“Bayern and the club’s fans will remain the best and most emotional chapter in my career.”