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.
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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.