Cape Town - Bayern Munich's Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic has
completed his move to Atletico Madrid, the Bundesliga champions
announced on Thursday.
The 28-year-old, who has played for Bayern
for the past two seasons, has undergone his medical and signed with the
Champions League finalists.
No transfer details were revealed but the German media estimated the deal to be worth €22 million.
whose contract had two more years to run, had said last month that he
was keen to quit the German champions because of his difficulty adapting
to the style of play of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola.
"I have had
fabulous times at Bayern, but let's be honest, the style of play of
coach Guardiola doesn't suit me," Mandzukic told Croatian daily Sportske
The arrival of Borussia Dortmund's star striker Robert
Lewandowski had reduced the prospects of the Croatian who recently
played for his country in the World Cup in Brazil.
At Atletico he
should fill the boots of Spanish international Diego Costa who has just
completed a 35 million euro ($47.6 million) move to Chelsea.
has played 110 Bundesliga matches, scoring 53 goals, during his four
years in Germany, firstly at Wolfsburg and then Bayern Munich.
Atletico sports director Jose Luis Perez Caminero confirmed the signing in a statement issued by the club.
"The transfer of Mario Mandzukic is great news because he has the qualities we were after for this position," he said.
is a strong forward, good in the air and with a powerful shot. He will
allow us to pressure the opposition's defence from the first moment
since he works a lot on defenders' clearances.
"He combines very
well with his fellow strikers and is used to competing at the top level.
He is a winner, a player accustomed to winning titles. He has a great
deal to offer us."