Mario Mandzukic will soon be back available to Stefano Pioli and has 10 games to prove he deserves an extension, according to a report.
The Croatian striker is still on the sidelines, stopped by an injury that is requiring longer healing time than expected, but he hopes to return to the group as soon as possible and help in the final push between now and the season end.
According to Tuttosport (via MilanNews), qualifying for the Champions League may not be enough to earn him a new one-year deal. There is a renewal clause that can be exercised in the event of the team returning to the top European club competition, but the final decision is still up to Milan and is therefore is not automatic.
The veteran striker will therefore have to bring out that little bit more to convince Milan to bet on him again, as Maldini and Massara will evaluate what to do in conjecture with the head coach Stefano Pioli. In the meantime, the management are very attentive to the attacking market and could sign a new striker, which adds even more pressure to Mandzukic’s shoulders.