Mario Mandzukic Completes Move to Qatari Side After Being Frozen Out at Juventus

Mario Mandzukic has left Juventus after four and a half years at the club, and has joined Qatari side Al-Duhail.

The striker has not played a single minute of competitive action since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in the summer. As a result, there was much speculation regarding his future, with the player linked with a move away in January in search of more first-team football. 

​President of Al-Duhail, Khalifa bin Hamad, has now taken to his Twitter ​and has shared a picture of the 33-year-old signing a contract, with the caption reading: ‘Section Two’.  

It was ​recently reported that Mandzukic had travelled to Qatar to complete his medical ahead of the proposed move. Moreover, the deal was said to be worth around €5.5m for Juventus and it would be finalised within the coming days. 

However, he has now completed his long-awaited exit. ​Juve manager Sarri has preferred the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala this season, with all three players playing an important role.

Mario Mandzukic

As for Mandzukic, he was left out of the club’s Champions League squad earlier in the season, while he has not played a single minute of football in 2019/20. The Croatian was an unused substitute in three of the Bianconeri’s first four league games but failed to make the bench since. 

In his time at the club, he scored 44 goals in 162 appearances, playing as a striker and on the wing. In 2017, he scored a stunning overhead kick in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, although his side were beaten 4-1. 

He will join Al-Duhail, who are currently sat in first place in the Qatar Stars League, having won nine and drawn two of their 11 matches so far. As a result, they find themselves sat four points ahead of second-placed Al Rayyan.

Mandzukic will join up with former Juve man Mehdi Benatia, who departed in January.


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