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Wolfsburg in race to keep Mandzukic

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 Jun 2012

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Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has confirmed that there is currently an ‘open race’ to sign Bayern Munich target Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatian has recently been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena, having put in a series of eye-catching displays at Euro 2012 before his country were eliminated.

The Bavarians have lost Ivica Olic this summer and re-signed Claudio Piazarro, but still want cover for Mario Gomez, and have been priced out of a move for Manchester City’s Ediz Dzeko.

But the veteran coach insists the player’s destination is far from decided, and that he would like to keep the 26-year-old at the club if possible.

“At this point in time it is a fact that there are some clubs interested in signing Mario Mandzukic,” he told Deutsche Presseagentur.

“Right now it is an open race.

“I am not preventing players from moving on. If there is definite interest, I have no problem with that, but, I do not want to get rid of him.”

Mandzukic signed for Wolfsburg from Dinamo Zagreb in 2010 and is under contract until 2014.

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