Interviewed after signing for Newcastle United on Tuesday morning, Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed that it WASN’T him who was holding the transfer up.
The information that was flowing through the media, all pointed to Mitrovic holding off in the hope of other clubs coming in to buy him, particularly those in other countries who could offer Champions League football and/or a warmer climate.
AS Roma, Porto and Benfica were just three of the clubs that it was claimed the striker hoped would intervene at a late stage and give him an alternative to Newcastle.
However, speaking in his first interview (watch the relevant clips below), Mitrovic says that he was desperate to sign and was left to wait for days until Anderlecht and Newcastle United could sort out ‘some small difference’.
No doubt there will be some people who will say ‘well he would say that’ but certainly watching this interview, I was impressed with teh way he spoke and if he wasn’t being genuine then he’s a very good actor.
I have to say that I’m a lot more heartened now that Newcastle was a club which he really wanted to play for and now we just have to see if his ability matches up to his attitude in the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to NUFC TV:
“It was a few long days for me because every day I wait to see what happens between the two clubs.
“They have some problem between the clubs, some small difference, but they finish and I am now here.
“I’m very happy, proud & excited and can’t wait to start training with the team.”