Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has unofficially confirmed the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid by telling Sky Sport Italia that he is looking forward to working with the Croatian.
Juve’s general manager Beppe Marotta was reported to have been in Madrid earlier this week to discuss terms with the former Bayern Munich player and his current club, although there has not yet been an official announcement.
However, Allegri confirmed that Mandzukic will be moving to Turin next season by welcoming the 29-year-old to the Serie A club.
“He’s a player who has scored goals in every league he’s played in,” Allegri said. “He’s got character, is an internationally experienced player and he’s going to do well in Italy. We’ve signed him because we wanted him. He’s a great player and I’m delighted about his arrival.”
Allegri also suggested that Paul Pogba would be making a mistake by leaving the Bianconeri this summer, saying he will have plenty of time in future to seek a new challenge.
“He’s young and he needs to stay at Juve to grow further,” Allegri said. “He’s in an environment where it’s easy for him to grow. He’s got many years ahead of him and Juve are on the level of anybody else in Europe and he needs to have the right motivation to play another great season.
“We don’t need to sell anybody. It depends on what the player wants, but I’ve spoken with him and he’s happy to stay.”