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.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafa needs a striker with pace, mobility and a bit of class,
    we haven`t got one anywhere near that & we won`t have as long as the Pig`s here

    • Cuh

      Then Danny Welbeck maybe

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Lets give Slimani a chance to show what he can do.

  • Paul Patterson

    There we are, a straight comment from the man himself.
    Nobody needs to pit Mitrovic against Rafa or dig up an agenda that isn’t there, the tactics don’t fit the player and visa versa. End of. If Rafa had came in before signing Mitrovic, then the signing wouldn’t have happened and we would probably be better off, as would the player himself no doubt. Wish both parties well and move on.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      You`re quite right, modern day managers won`t change their format no matter who the player is,
      it`s happened at Man U, Man C & Chelsea this season leaving £80m players on the bench, all those clubs have World Class Managers

    • Wor Lass

      Says it all, really, Paul.

    • Leazes.

      Journalists like to stir it!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Rafa is no mug and Mitrovic knows he doesnt suit. An amicable split is best for all and even Mitrovic is fine about it. Rafa needs some proper funds to get the forwards he needs now. Its not his fault he inherited a player from a regime which had no plan.

  • Simon Ritter

    Fulham played the most attractive football in the Championship last season. They crumbled under the pressure of expectation whenever they looked likely to take second place and automatic promotion. They were favourites before the playoffs to take the third berth. They flopped again. They have a few games left this time to overtake the odious Neil Warnock’s team. If they do, perhaps Mitrovic will return to the Premier League a fitter, more accomplished player than the one who left SJP in January. Only time will tell whether he is a top-tier striker.

  • Toon

    If Fulham don’t get promoted he will crawl back to NUFC, hopefully we’ll be able to flog the half paced flop in the summer

    • Soldier

      hopefully with the other 10 to 15 flops on the books

      • Toonrobbybobson

        The flops that have kept us up?

        • thewildchimp

          And mid-table, no less.

    • Carbine

      Of course you played at the top level and did your sprint training with Usain Bolt.😋

  • Mrkgw

    Here we go – the negative noise begins. Problem is that it’s difficult to get players to the NE and now both he and his family have tasted the so called bright lights of the capital. Well done to the despised regime at the club – for you have screwed the supporters once more.

    • thewildchimp

      I think him tasting the bright lights of playing games is what made him decide but you are 100% right. I hope they’ll at least spend the money on new players.

    • Gary Linskey

      Totally agree pal

  • robbersdog

    Nice fella, decent player, but he doesn’t fit in with Rafa’s tactics. I hope Fulham get promoted and that Mitro gets the move he wants.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      As long as it works out for all parties great. Rafa needs to use all funds available to refresh up top. We are solid but we need mote quality door openers and finishers and we will have a decent 2nd season and build from there. Hopefully eventually a new owner thrown in.

  • Mxpx

    Interesting how signing a striker has been a top priority for so long and all we’ve been able to do is drive one out if you’re telling me that rafa cannot utilise mitrovic then I disagree his hold up play is great we can have wingers whipping in crosses to him easily enough can’t really blame him though I’d leave too

    • Toonrobbybobson

      We dont play a system of wingers whipping them in. Mitrovic has just stated he doesnt like or understand the tactics. Thats says it all. Hes simply not suited to us. There is no way he’ll score like he does in championship in the prem. hes not mobile enough and prem defenders easily suss him out. Once hes off his game hes not in the game. Rafa if he thought he could get it out of him would be playing him. Hes just not good enough. Neither is Joselu mind but he does as hes told and is more mobile. Next season Joselu wont be near the team and neither will Mitrovic. In fact Gayle might not even be here. Up top there will be an overhaul. Top and bottom of it is there will be a parting of ways.

      • Mxpx

        I think you’re arguing a point I haven’t made I said we could do it and you’re saying we don’t do it where we’re in complete agreement

  • Gary Linskey

    Dwight Gayle has proved that scoring downstairs in the Championship is nothing compared to the Premier League. Mitrovic clearly wasn’t cut out for the top flight & Benitez was right to let him go.

    • thewildchimp

      Watched Sheffield – Fulham highlights now and what a class player Mitro is, when he has someone to play with! I wouldn’t care if Benitez invented the wheel or electricity, he f’d up major on this one!
      For those who say he doesn’t have enough pace and is therefore bad – you don’t have enough bolts in your head…

    • Dragomir Papuche

      Keep tellling yourself that mate.

      Newcastle are barely a Premiership team. The gap between them and the top Championship teams is pretty slim so that argument is weak.

      • Gary Linskey

        Do you not understand what I just said? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Of course I know NUFC haven’t got a top flight side & Mitrovic fits into that bracket, as does Gayle. So read stuff properly before you add idiotic comments!!!

      • I do not agree. When we have our players fit we are a top 10 side as it has been shown in the past days. Fulham are looking at 20m if they want to sign him.

      • thewildchimp

        Well, that “slim” gap is 10 PL placements and we still have a game less than the other teams… We are a proper Premiership side and it escapes me how people can’t grasp it.