There was a report in the Mirror yesterday that Rafa Benitez wanted to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic before the end of this summer’s transfer window.
But the local papers are reporting they don’t think that’s true and that Mitrovic is firmly in the plans of manager Rafa Benitez.
We knew Mitrovic was settled on Tyneside when he recently had a son with his partner, and of course he’s also at the club of his hero – Alan Shearer – and at the end of last season he said he hoped he was going to be part of the promotion push this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in training
It seems Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri who now owns 49.9% of the Toffees, wants to spend some big money this summer and they are interested in Mitrovic.
But Newcastle are not looking to sell Aleksandar and he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle and the lad’s a popular player too with the fans.
What Rafa is looking for in the next three weeks is at least one new striker who can score goals and a winger who can also score some goals for us.
We looked too much like the last two season on Friday night at Fulham, when we offered very little threat in the final third of the field.
So rather than sell Aleksandar, he’s going to be key to our promotion push, which got off to a rocky start in the first game, but we will improve game by game under Rafa Benitez.
However Mitro will still have to keep control on himself during games and we cannot have him being sent off as he was twice last season.
We lost the game at home to Arsenal 1-0 after he had been sent off, but we didn’t suffer too much in the final game against Tottenham when we were 2-1 ahead when he was red carded with just over 20 minutes to play.
We won that game 5-1.
But it’s an area of his game that Aleksandar must improve – but the lad can also be a big player for us this season.
We also have to remember the Serbian International is still only 21 years old.