20 year-old Anderlecht and Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a move to Newcastle United for a few months now, and recently he has made the news in the Belgian press for the wrong reasons – because he seemed to be overweight.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – was overweight after Serbian call-up
His agent is 38 year-old former Serbian striker Nenad Jestrovic, who has explained his client’s situation to HLN:
“He let itself go with the national team and he came back five pounds overweight. A catastrophe!¨ “Aleksandar moved little on the field. Look, I then had a good conversation with him.¨
¨I said to Aleksandar: ‘Women, food and entertainment is for later.¨ ¨Now you have to concentrate on the football, because every child in Serbia and Belgium dreams to play for such a great club like Anderlecht.”
One of the things top players must have is discipline, otherwise as we have seen with some of the Newcastle youngsters – like Nile Ranger as a good example – they just don’t make it in football.
There are several Premier League clubs said to be interested in the prolific goalscorer – including Newcastle – and in September Jestrovic said this about that happened during the summer transfer market:
“Benfica and Liverpool were willing to pay €13M for him and Russian outfit Rubin even offered €20M, but Anderlecht didn’t want to hear about a transfer.¨
“His father and I told him that he is still young and he will have a lot of opportunities to leave Anderlecht in the future.¨ “I’m sure that price will be even higher when he moves somewhere else.”
So if that final sentence turns out to be true, it’s hard to think that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would be willing to pay more than €20M (£16M) for a 20 year-old – however good he is, and Mike will likely look at cheaper alternatives in January.
And a few days ago Newcastle were linked with a £9M move for 26 year-old German International striker Max Kruse, who is in the German squad these days and currently plays at Borussia Monchengladbach.
This season in 21 appearances for his club, Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 12 goals for Anderlecht.
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