Mario Mandzukic officially moves to Qatar

Mario Mandzukic officially moves to Qatar

Even though he's just 33 years old and has played the past several seasons at the highest level, Mario Mandzukic has said goodbye to European football. Juventus has sold the tall striker to the Qatari club Al-Duhail.

Even though the club from Qatar claims on its website that the player signed as a free agent, that seems highly unlikely as only eight months ago Mario signed an extension with Juventus lasting until 2021. Therefore, the reports of Croatian and Italian media that the Old Lady earned €5,500,000 seem more truthful.

The striker has signed a one and a half year contract with his new side that will earn him €10,500,000. Meaning that he's on a €7,000,000 per year salary, a €1,000,000 more than his payroll at Juve.

Mandzukic's move to Qatar is still highly surprising even though there were rumours of it for months. Mostly as the Croatian is more than capable of playing at the elite level. He started the last season by placing second in the World Cup with Croatia and played 25 Serie A games with Juve, scoring nine goals. In the two seasons prior, he amassed 43 and 50 games per season across all competitions respectfully.

Additionally, there were reported interests of top clubs like Manchester United for the target-man. And Mario certainly could've competed at the Premier League level for a couple of more seasons.

Mario will find a familiar face in Al-Duhail as his former Juventus teammate Medhi Benatia is already there. The Croatian and the Morrocan spent three seasons together already in Turin.

"Welcome Mario Mandzukic to Duhail and your new adventure in Qatar. We have already won many trophies together, and if god allows it’s time to add more to the list. I know that you are more than ready for the challenge...look forward to seeing you," wrote Benatia on his Instagram. 


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