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 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.