Aleksandar Mitrovic says that he wants to leave Newcastle this summer.
In an exclusive, the Serbian striker says his first job is to help Fulham into the Premier League.
Then his next task would be to leave Newcastle, with a return to Fulham on a permanent deal something he would ‘love’.
Mitro thinks Rafa Benitez is a ‘good person’ and is very good ‘tactically and defensively’.
However, Aleksandar Mitrovic declares ‘Offensively it wasn’t a style that was good for me’.
Despite not getting a single Premier League start in the first six months of the season, Mitro says he was intent on not making any problems for Rafa and that he ‘respected his decisions’.
With a permanent departure now on the cards, Mitrovic still says ‘I wish Newcastle all the best’.
It is three years since the Serbian striker arrived at St James Park and with only two more years left on his contract, this summer would surely have needed a new deal to be sorted if there was any future for the forward at Newcastle – as otherwise Newcastle would have been in a very weak position as it neared only a year to go on his current contract.
With Mike Ashley having had unrealistic valuations on Mitrovic [as well as the club…’ in the past, it will be interesting to see just what happens in the summer because who knows what valuation the Newcastle owner will put on the striker now he is back playing and scoring goals.
Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to The Sun:
“If there is any chance, I would love to come back here [next season to Fulham].
“I would love to stay – but we have to finish the season well first, to be where we want to be, and then there’s the World Cup.
“My agent will be working on all that. But, yes, I have a manager here who wants me.
“Benitez is a good person but in the formation he played, I didn’t feel good with his tactics.
“Tactically and defensively he is one of the best coaches I’ve seen, but offensively…it wasn’t a style that was good for me.
“I respected his decisions, I didn’t make a problem, I am thankful he let me go and I wish Newcastle all the best.
“I’m so happy God helped me finish up here.
“Fulham have been playing great football under Slavisa for two years and it’s a very big deal in the Championship to play this style and be without defeat for so long.
“Fulham didn’t give up in the last hour of the transfer window, so I want to win them promotion to the Premier League.”