Benitez Responds To Mitrovic Possibly Leaving Newcastle

Rafa Benitez has responded to the stories earlier this week that he doesn’t trust 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic and wants to sell him before the end of August.

That story originated in the Mirror and was quickly denied by sources at the club.

Mitro still has three games left to serve in his four game suspension and he should be available for the home game against Cheltenham in the second round of the EFL (League) Cup.

rafa benitez alexandar mitrovic after palace game

Rafa Benitez with Aleksandar Mitrovic

Rafa talked yesterday about how difficult it was becoming to get some of the targets through the door with Premier League clubs being flush with money because of the new £5.1B deal having just kicked in.

But Rafa still wants to bring in at least one winger and another striker before the end of August and he does expect some players still to leave the club.

20 year-old left-back Brendan Galloway should also be arriving next week from Everton on a season long loan deal once Everton have signed some defensive reinforcements.

This is what Benitez said about Mitrovic possibly leaving:

“I have seen two or three stories this week which have really surprised me. It’s not something that’s true.”

“Mitrovic is a good striker, he’s our target man at the moment.”  “We need more power in attack, so can we sell one striker if we need more power?”

“No, we maybe need to bring in another one. We have no problem with that, but the transfer window is always difficult.”

It does seem that Rafa reads the papers about what’s going on, so he must get quite a laugh at some of the stories out there.


Aleksandar Mitrovic signed from Belgium club Anderlecht last summer for around £13M and he scored 9 goals in 34 league games for us in his first season in England.

Many fans think he will be great this season in the physical and competitive Championship and it should certainly be to his liking.

We are expecting big things from Mitro if it’s going to be the successful season we are all hoping for.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • GeordieJames

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I am glad Mitrovic is staying he just needs to curb his temper, I expect at least 18 goals out of him this season.

    4 – 0 win today as long as he changes the starting 11 from Fulham. Does anyone have any links where the matched will be streamed?

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Geordie James
    Try to get into the habit of reading previous articles – you will be surprised what you find there !


    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    geordie james
    not looking to good for a stream from what ive read,but we’ll see closer to the time…..teams for today lads and lasses?

  • GeordieJames

    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Thanks For the 4 links Jib.

    Janmaat lascelles mbemba mbabu
    Colback Hayden shelvey
    Ritchie Gayle Aaron’s

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    On match days one usually started with the Guardians guess at our starting line-up (it could be surprisingly close)
    Now the realisation hits that we are in the Championship and defo 2nd class citizens and apart from local rags there is hardly any interest in our goings on.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Getting very tired of people constantly saying we or such and such a player is going to tear or rip up this league, end up on 100+ points, top scorers etc, etc.

    It’s going to be a long hard slog and at the moment we have no effective playmakers and very limited creative resources.


    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    aye could be a long slog al season tryin to get streams,hopefully sky feel generous in showing more games,but i doubt it.

  • MrShort88

    Aug 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Looking for a much better performance today in front of the home crowd. 4-1 win for the boys! My pick would be
    Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Anita
    Hayden, Shelvey
    Ritchie, Diame, Aarons


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