Mario Mandzukic not interested in Premier League switch

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Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic says he has no interest in moving to the Premier League.

The Croatian forward joined the reigning La Liga champions from Bayern Munich over the summer and his hit the ground running, scoring 11 goals in 19 league games.


Before his switch to Spain the 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to England, with Manchester United and Arsenal both believed to be in the mix. Rumours of more interest from the Premier League surfaced during the January window, but Mandzukic says he has no interest in moving and heard nothing from England last month.

He told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti: "I am already at a big team and I am happy.


"I don't know of the Premier League. To come [here] is the best decision that I could have taken. I have the feeling that I have been here for two years, not six months."

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Mandzukic was on the scoresheet in Atletico's 4-0 win over rivals Real Madrid on Saturday which has thrust Diego Simeone's side back into the title race. They now sit just four points behind Los Blancos in third place, with Barcelona one point back from Carlo Ancelotti's men in second. 

The forward has scored more than double figures in each of his last four campaigns for Atletico, Bayern and Wolfsburg, and cost the Spanish side around £14 million. He also confirmed last year that he turned down a move to England when he left the Allianz Arena.


"I had better offers than from Atletico,” he said in October. “There were calls from the UK that interested me, but I believe that their style of football is simply not my way."

It was no surprise to see Arsenal linked the big forward over the summer given their need for more firepower in attack, and so far at least it seems as though they've backed the wrong horse by landing the misfiring Danny Welbeck instead.

Manchester United meanwhile have been criticised by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce for their long-ball tactics in their 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Sunday, and if that is Louis van Gaal's Plan B going forward then Mandzukic would have been a perfect fit. 

However the Red Devils put their money into landing Radamel Falcao, a move which hasn't paid off as yet.

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