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Arsenal, Chelsea target Mandzukic can be 'better' than he is now - Olic

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Mario Mandzukic's plan to leave Bayern Munich has been backed by international teammate Ivica Olic.

Leaving Bayern Munich would be a gamble for a lot of players, but the calibre of teams interested in Mario Mandzukic suggests not.

His 26 goal season has alerted Real Madrid as well as Arsenal and Chelsea, who are all expected to contest his signature after the World Cup.

Mandzukic revealed this week to the Croatian press that he intends to depart this summer, with Robert Lewandowski lined up to replace him, also failing to see eye to eye with manager Pep Guardiola.

He has been backed to be successful elsewhere by international teammate Ivica Olic, who told a press conference:

"Mario was Bayern's top striker. He leaves the club because he can not find his in the system of Pep Guardiola, which I can understand.

"He will soon find a new club where he will play and will use his skills better."

Olic knows a thing or two about moving on from Bayern himself. He scored 19 goals under Louis van Gaal in 2009/10, but then fell out of favour.

He has since revitalised his career at Wolfsburg, scoring 28 goals across the past two seasons despite now being 34-years-old.

Mandzukic, 27, has a lot to give, and will be motivated to prove Pep Guardiola wrong. That alone is a reason for Arsenal and Chelsea to pursue his signature.

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