There have been many rumors surrounding Aleksandar Mitrovic leaving Newcastle this summer and Rafa Benitez addressed that in his press conference yesterday.
He suggested the reason for that was that his agents were interested in doing business in the summer.
Of course that would also mean they can make some money for themselves if Mitro moves and gets a new (big) deal at some other club.
Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic
Mitro has never had an inkling of leaving Newcastle and he even said this week that he feels responsible for relegation last season and that he would make up for it and even die on the pitch for Newcastle.
Not surprisingly that went down well with the fans.
When Mitro has needed support, Rafa has always given him it.
This is what Rafa said yesterday during his press conference about his 22 year-old striker who will start for the team this afternoon against Bristol City:
“I can read news about him all the time, that means someone close to him was interested to do business.”
“But I said straight away that he would stay, and his reaction when he was not playing was brilliant.”
“He fought for his position and I am happy with these kind of problems.”
“If we do well in the next four games, we will have a great advantage.”
“If we do not do well, we will still have seven games in April and one in May.”
“We have to carry on. If we do well, much better. If we cannot do what we want, we will still be in a great position.”
If you are Mitro reading those first four lines from Rafa, you have to feel very good about things and be ready to go out there and bust a gut (so to speak) for Rafa and the team.
That’s brilliant man-management coming from the Newcastle manager.
We hope Mitro has a good game today against Bristol City and it wouldn’t surprise us if he scores too.
Howay The Lads!!