Yesterday we brought you news that Brussels based newspaper La Derniere Heure had been told that Aleksandar Mitrovic wouldn’t play for Anderlecht in their final two friendlies of pre season.
The striker sat out their last friendly at the weekend against Turkish opposition from Istanbul and now Mitrovic has, as expected, been left out of tonight’s friendly against second tier Belgian side Heist.
The forward is also set to be left out of the final Anderlecht warm up game this coming weekend when they play third tier Belgian outfit Dender. The Belgian league kicking off early on the next weekend (26 July) due to next year’s Euros.
It appears obvious that, as reported, Mitrovic is being left out to guard against picking up any deal-threatening injury, though which club he will end up with is still a mystery.
Anderlecht had their official photo shoot on Tuesday and the team group that was circulated did show Aleksandar Mitrovic included, which some took as indicating he was going to be staying.
However, in advance of that official shoot, it was reported that both Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, who is also expected to move shortly, would both be included in the photo shoot but that group shots without either one/both would also be taken for future use if/when one/both of them leave.
Mbemba (who has also been left out of tonight’s friendly as previously predicted/reported) has been linked with Newcastle in the past, along with numerous other clubs, but the player is said to be hoping for a move to Atletico Madrid.
As for Mitrovic, clearly not playing your star player and striker in the second and third last friendlies wouldn’t make much sense in terms of preparations for the season and with no Champions League football this coming season, Anderlecht are guaranteed to sell him to somebody.
La Derniere Heure also claimed yesterday that Newcastle had given the striker 48 hours to decide whether he would move to Tyneside or they’d move on to other options, the clock continues to tick for both Mitrovic and NUFC, with only 25 days until United kick off the new season.
Obviously the ongoing Mitrovic saga surely isn’t great for anybody involved, particularly Newcastle fans!