Antonio Vitiello is reporting that the renewal of AC Milan striker Mario Mandzukic may not be automatically triggered by qualification to the UEFA Champions League as previously thought. Vitiello is reporting that the option present in the contract is more focused on his performances on the pitch which are practically non-existent given the injury suffered by the striker rendering him unavailable for most of his time with the Rossoneri thus far. Mandzukic has only played 4 out of a possible 15 games, starting 1 game and getting a total of 158 minutes of play.
Calcio Mercato are reporting that the Croatian is desperate to make a good impression in the tail end of the season as he has just 10 games left to prove to Milan that they should extend his contract for another year. The report notes that there will be a negotiation in the summer irrespective of whether or not the renewal is automatically triggered.