Juventus willing to let Mandzukic leave as he considers future

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The Croatia international striker remains a popular figure in Turin, but he is approaching an important career crossroads ahead of his 32nd birthday

Mario Mandzukic is facing an uncertain future at Juventus, Goal understands, with the experienced striker approaching an important career crossroads.

The Croatia international has been with the Bianconeri since 2015, taking in over 120 appearances to date.

He has been a regular throughout his time in Turin, taking in 50 outings across the 2016-17 campaign as Juve came within 90 minutes of completing a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.

Mandzukic was handed a starting spot in the European final defeat to Real Madrid, and his spectacular strike in Cardiff briefly offered them hope before the Blancos pulled clear in a 4-1 win.

He has remained a go-to man for Massimiliano Allegri this term, netting twice in another continental clash with Real at Santiago Bernabeu as Juve fell agonisingly short in their efforts to overturn a three-goal quarter-final deficit.

The experienced frontman has, however, been forced to adapt his game at times, with a 4-2-3-1 system nudging him out of a central berth occupied by Gonzalo Higuain and towards either the flanks or the bench.

He is, however, a popular figure within the camp and has a positive working relationship with a manager who retains full faith in him.

In an ideal world, a man who is tied to a deal until June 2020 will honour his agreement in Turin and continue to provide a useful option whenever called upon.

Mandzukic is, however, approaching his 32nd birthday and Juve appreciate that he may be tempted to try his luck elsewhere.

At this stage of his career, the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid forward needs to be playing regular football and may have one last big transfer and contract left in him.

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Two offers from China have already been tabled, while interest is expected to be shown from England and Germany if the exit doors are opened at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve are prepared to let Mandzukic make the final decision on his future, with any proposals put to them set to be considered.

They feel they owe a loyal performer the right to piece together his own plans and will accept whatever call is made in what is shaping up to be a big summer for a man proven at the very highest level, and one with plenty still left in the tank.

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