Aleksandar Mitrovic made his first start for Fulham on Saturday in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa and also gave his latest interview to coincide with it.
Speaking to the official Fulham programme, the Newcastle striker talked about joining both the Magpies and the Cottagers, and gave the reasons why.
He also talked about favourite hobbies when he was a kid, as well as football of course, saying (to no great surprise?) ‘I played fighting sports a little, kickboxing and a little bit of karate’.
Once again mentioning the fact that they played in the same colours as Partizan as one of the things that sparked him into becoming a Newcastle United fan, interestingly Mitro still inists he didn’t choose the wrong club despite Rafa Benitez sidelining him: ‘I chose Newcastle and I didn’t make a mistake.’
Fulham fans, manager and chairman all raved about his performance on Saturday and the striker says he had been following the fortunes of the club for some time.
That interest helped by the fact his countryman is manager, as well as the quality and style of football that Fulham play: ‘Last season, Fulham definitely played the most beautiful football in the Championship. They beat us at St. James’ Park 3-1. It could have been 7-1.’
With Serbia having experienced war in the recent past, Aleksandar Mitrovic believes that this background helps give himself and others the mental strength to overcome obstacles in their way.
Newcastle fans will be taking a keen interest in how the Serbian striker gets on in these remaining games for Fulham, as well as this Summer in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to the official Fulham programme:
“I’ve settled in. The lads help me a lot – I already know how they play, what they want and what my job is. Of course I need time to adapt, but it’s going well. Every game, every training session, I feel better.
“The stadium is really old and traditional, so it was a real pleasure to play there and the atmosphere was really nice, the fans really accepted me well from the beginning.
“He (Fulham Manager Slavisa Jokanovic) did a lot of great things for Partizan as a player and a manager.
“He’s one of the best managers Serbia has. He represents our country in the best way, so I’m very proud. He’s a lovely guy and it’s a pleasure to work with him.
“I had to stand behind the goal (as a ballboy when Jokanovic was Partizan manager) with the home support on the south side, I watched so many big teams and big players.
“My famiy gave me support and didn’t allow me to quit. They gave me that power you can only get from family. In the end, I made my dreams and they really helped me a lot with that.
“It’s hard to break the Serbian guy, so I think I’m like that, I never give up.
“This is something you pick up in your childhood. It’s not always going to be nice and sometimes it’s going to be awful, but like Serbian people say, ‘After any war comes sun.’ That’s life.
“(When I was younger) I played fighting sports a little, kickboxing and a little bit of karate, that’s it. After that, it was football.
“I joined Newcastle because from a young age I supported them. I don’t why, but they had black and white colours, the same colours as Partizan Belgrade.
“I chose Newcastle and I didn’t make a mistake.
“Last season, Fulham definitely played the most beautiful football in the Championship. They beat us at St. James’ Park 3-1. It could have been 7-1.
“They were unlucky in the Play-Offs, but I also followed the team this season. Fulham have some new players, but the manager and the staff and a lot of the players are the same.
“They played really offensive football, so that is the reason I chose Fulham.”