Following a bizarre story which saw a number of incredible quotes attributed to Juventus attacker Mario Mandzukic, the Croatian has this evening moved to clear the air.
An interview with a number of scathing quotes directed at Mandzukic’s former teammates Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci went viral this afternoon, with the key points as follows:
I want to intervene to silence the rumours of an ugly atmosphere inside the Juve locker room.’
‘It was simply Bonucci and Dani Alves to have created this chaos and, fortunately, with their sales everything will become calm again.’
‘They were the ones who had a row during the Final and it’s simply because they have diametrically opposed personalities. Leo and Dani would argue all the time and, on the day of the Final, we simply watched another of their many dramas.
‘As soon as we got into the locker room, everyone had treated this like a normal game with just three points up for grabs, or at least that’s how it seemed. So we expected Dani Alves to do his usual routine of putting on the Radio Party Groove music in the locker room while we were getting changed.’
‘This time, though, he didn’t stop there. He went over the top, playing Samba Do Janeiro at full volume as if he wanted to break our eardrums and then started dancing like there was no tomorrow.’
‘I thought he was being stupid, but ignored him and went to my locker. Leo didn’t, as for him the Champions League was an obsession.’
‘He went up to Dani and said he’d break his legs in three seconds if he didn’t turn off that music. Obviously, a row erupted and it just kept going, until Dani Alves said that if he lost the Final, he’d still have three Champions League trophies in his locker, whereas Bonucci had none.’
‘At that point, everyone turned around scandalised. I’ve won the Champions League, but I’d never dare say something like that. We shouldn’t even have thought about the eventuality of defeat.’
‘Then Leo grabbed Dani by the throat and, as he was about to punch him, Max (Allegri) divided them and took a decision of a real leader: he said he didn’t care who started it, but at the end of the game they’d both get kicked out.’
‘It was the wisest decision ever made. Now, the group is calm and united again, without the annoying bragging of Leo and the usual Brazilian pain in the neck of Dani Alves, who would never let us just get changed and focus.’
Understandably, this ‘interview’ immediately spread like wildfire, with fans shocked by the apparent misdemeanours of both Bonucci and Alves, along with the honesty of Mandzukic.
However, the Bianconeri fan-favourite has moved quickly to dispel any remaining doubt surrounding the story this evening, insisting that he will always let someone know face-to-face if he has something to say to them.
— Mario Mandžukić MM17 (@MarioMandzukic9) July 15, 2017
‘Words have been attributed to me regarding Dani and Leo. I have NEVER said such things.’
‘Who knows me knows that I never talk behind anyone’s back.’
‘If I have to say something, I always speak face-to-face and those were NOT my words.’
‘Don’t worry guys, FAKE.’