Mandzukic excited to play with Ibrahimovic

    AC Milan’s newest acquisition Mario Mandzukic has admitted he can’t wait to team up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front this season.

    Mandzukic signed for Milan as a free agent a couple of days ago. The Croatian forward did not play competitive football since last July when he left Qatari outfit Al-Duhail. His last team in Europe was the Rossoneri’s arch-rivals Juventus, for whom he featured for four seasons between 2015 and 2019. Now, the 34-year-old will try to help his new side put an end to Juve’s decade-long domination of Serie A, the competition he won four times.

    In an already well-stacked Rossoneri attack, the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid marksman is expected to inject much-needed experience and winning mentality. Waiting for Mandzukic at the San Siro is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the very man who has almost single-handedly turned a struggling Milan side into a force to be reckoned with. Stefano Pioli boasts one of the youngest teams in Europe’s top-five leagues, but the experience of Ibra and Mandzukic could make all the difference when it comes to Milan’s title chase.

    Though it remains uncertain whether Mandzukic would be Pioli’s first-choice for Ibrahimovic, the Croat can’t wait to play alongside the Swedish superstar.

    “I’ve been following Zlatan’s progress since I was very young, and I’m happy to finally be in the same team as him. We are both hungry for success” he told Milan TV.

    “He’s still a beast on the pitch, and I will try to be the same. I think we’ll do very well together.”

    Authors of an outstanding season so far, Milan currently top the Serie A table, three points clear of second-placed Inter. Remarkably, Pioli’s men have scored 2+ goals in 17 of their 18 top-flight fixtures this term. Now with Mandzukic in the equation, their frontline can only get better.


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