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Mario Mandzukic joins Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich

Croatian striker was thought to be a target for several Premier League clubs

Atletico Madrid have signed Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.

The Croatian striker opted to leave the German champions, who recently signed Robert Lewandowski on a free from rivals Dortmund.

Mandzukic has signed a four-year deal with Spanish champions Atletico.

The 28-year-old scored 33 goals in 54 Bundesliga games for Bayern, in two seasons at the club.

He has been brought in to replace Diego Costa, Chelsea's new £32m man, who scored 36 goals for the club last season.

"We thank Mario for two great years here in Munich," said Bayern deputy chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen.


Mandzukic was at the World Cup with Croatia, scoring twice against Cameroon, but he could not help his side get out of the group stage.