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Sammer: Don't bother trying to buy Mandzukic

The Bavarians' sporting director has underlined the striker's importance to the team and has ruled out a summer move.

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer says the Bundesliga champions have no intention of selling Mario Mandzukic this summer.

The Croatia international's future at Bayern is in doubt following the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund and clubs including Juventus, Arsenal and Chelsea are rumored to be keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old.

Nevertheless, Sammer has made it clear that Mandzukic will not be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

"Nobody even has to bother making an approach for Mandzukic," Sammer told Sky90. "He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal.

"It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game. They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his workrate."

Mandzukic has netted 17 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances this season.