Mario Mandzukic has penned an emotional tribute to Juventus following the announcement that he will be departing the club to sign for Qatar-based side Al-Duhail.
Mandzukic joined the Old Lady back in 2015 from Atletico Madrid and went on to make 162 appearances, scoring 44 goals. The Croatian also won a string of honours while at the club, including four Scudetto and three Coppa Italias.
In a message posted on his Instagram account, Mandzukic reflected fondly on his time as a Juventus player – despite the fact that he has been out of favour with new manager Maurizio Sarri since the start of the season.
“It has been a privilege to play for Juventus and the past few months will not change the respect and love I have for the club. I thank all the teammates I have had in these seasons – I really enjoyed every single battle with you and we have won most of these battles,” the message began.
“I will not forget all the victories and trophies, the result of our quality, hard work and team spirit. A big thank you also to the staff who work behind the scenes – coaches, medical staff, physiotherapists and any other person who make sure that Juventus players are in the best conditions to be successful.”
The Croatian signed off his farewell message by paying tribute to the club’s fanbase.
“Finally, the biggest thanks for the wonderful fans that are the real reason why the club is so big and successful – I really appreciated the support you showed me from day one. In conclusion, I have always tried to do my best for the Bianconeri, I wish you the best! And for me, it’s time for a new chapter. Forever yours, Mario”.
Mandzukic’s arrival at Al-Duhail puts an end to long-standing speculation that linked him with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United previously touted to be considering a January transfer for the striker.
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