Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic confirmed on Monday that he is leaving AC Milan at the end of his six-month contract.
The 35-year-old Juventus and Bayern Munich player joined the club last January as a cover for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but has only made 11 appearances due to muscle issues and has not scored any goals.
“It was a pleasure playing for AC Milan,” Mandzukic said in an Instagram post. “I’m grateful to the club management for giving me this opportunity, the coaching staff for their dedicated work and my teammates who are not only great players but also a great group of guys.
“I am happy that we have managed to bring this great club back in the Champions League to its place and I wish everyone at the club the best in the future. “
Former seven-time European champion Milan returns to the Champions League after a seven-year gap thanks to his Serie A second place this season.
Mandzukic retired from international football when Croatia lost the 2018 World Cup final, then left Juventus for Al-Duhail in 2019, but left the Qatari squad by mutual consent last July.
He signed a six-month contract with an option for an additional season, making headlines in March when he gave up his monthly salary after not playing a single game due to injury.
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