In the endless conflicting media reports before Aleksandar Mitrovic signed for Newcastle, his father was constantly quoted.
Mitrovic Senior speaking openly about his son’s future and giving day by day updates on where he might and might not be going, a regular comment from him was that the striker would be not coming to Newcastle because he wanted a Champions League club etc etc.
However, after Aleksandar Mitrovic signed for United, the player himself insisted that he had always wanted to come to Newcastle United.
Then following the deal being signed, there has been next to nothing heard from Mitrovic senior, apart from defending his son after he and other Serbian players flew home in a private place immediately after a hammering by the Czech Republic, rather than travelling with the rest of the team.
However, former Partizan Belgrade Captain Albert Nadj has now been telling some interesting tales about an earlier transfer, when Aleksandar Mitrovic moved from the Serbian club to Anderlecht in 2013.
Albert Nadj was working at Partizan and was responsible for transfers in and out at the club back then and he has claimed, that Aleksandar Mitrovic’s father threatened to bomb the club if they prevented the centre forward from joining Anderlecht.
The Newcastle striker spent six years in Partizan’s youth system before moving on loan to Teleoptik and dropping down a division, making his debut as a 16 year old and scoring 7 goals in 24 league appearances in 2011/12.
He then returned to Partizan for a year and, after scoring 18 goals in 25 starts (plus 17 as a sub) in all competitions, he attracted the interest of clubs in Europe.
Eventually signing on at Anderlecht for 5m euros as an 18 year old, plus a reported sell-on clause.
However, Albert Nadj has told Blic in Serbia, about the extreme measures he claims Aleksandar Mitrovic’s father went to, to try and force through the move to Belgium
“In a generation with Lazar Markovic, Ninkovic and Luka Stojanovic, he (Aleksandar Mitrovic) was nowhere near Partizan’s youth team.
“The club didn’t want him (around) and so he went to Teleoptik (on loan), then soon after some big clubs were chasing him and he moved to Anderlecht for 5m euros.
“I was against his transfer as I believed he should have stayed and improved more at Partizan and then Partizan could earn even more from his transfer.
“Then while there was this big discussion over whether to sell him or not, his father came and said he would drop a bomb on the club (Partizan) if we refused to release Aleksandar!
“I threw the man out of my office but some politicians even contacted us after that, putting pressure on us to sell Aleksandar.”