AC Milan have completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic on a six-month deal and have given the Croatian striker their iconic No 9 shirt.
The 34-year-old has joined on a free transfer after leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail last July and will add even more experience to an already-stacked frontline in a bid to help secure the Serie A title this season.
Milan, who are currently top of the Italian table by three points courtesy of a a 2-0 victory at Cagliari on Monday, also have the option to extend Mandzukic’s deal by a further year.
The former Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich striker will be a vital addition to the depleted Rossoneri squad adding to the firepower in attack. The striker has chosen to wear the no. 9 jersey.
Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced the signing prior to the club’s official announcement last night when he said via Twitter, “Mario Mandzukic has signed his contract, he’s joining AC Milan… so we’ll be in two to scare the opponents!”
Milan are looking to maintain their title charge at the top of Serie A ahead of arch rivals Inter as they go in search of their first league title since the 2010-11 campaign.
‘Ibra said he’ll take care of keeping him at bay,’ Pioli joked after Monday’s final whistle. ‘I’m happy, the club is ambitious, they want Milan back on top. Mandzukic’s arrival goes into this situation.
‘Given the many commitments and critical issues of this season, we need many players. I also tell them that the quantity of minutes is not important, but the quality.
‘When the club proposed it to me, I immediately said yes, I spoke to him, he’s very motivated, he’s a winner’.
Mandzukic has enjoyed an accomplished career so far, winning 24 trophies over a 17-year period.
He has won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Bayern, while also winning domestic honours in Germany on multiple occasions.
In 497 appearances since making his professional debut in 2004, Mandzukic has gone on to score 197 goals and provide 84 assists across five different leagues.