Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has stated his desire to leave the German club, claiming Pep Guardiola’s tactics does not fit his style of play, Daily Mail reports.
The Croatian said he will be leaving Bayern Munich after the World Cup this summer, alerting several of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all been linked with Mandzukic and will be buoyed by his public statement.
The 27-year-old was left out of the Bayern side which triumphed 2-0 over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final, indicating that he is heading out of the Allianz Arena.
He told Croatian news outlet Sportske Novosti: “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.”
Even while Bayern’s tactic’s don’t fit to his strengths, Mandzukic still managed 28 goals in 48 appearances this season.