23-year-old Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic says he has played some of his best football at Fulham this year when on loan – he scored 12 goals in 20 games for the Cottagers.
He scored all those goals in the Championship in 17 games and was unable to score in their three playoff games.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has played to Mitro’s strengths which is one reason he’s really enjoyed his football in London and would stay if Newcastle and Fulham can come to some agreement on a transfer fee.
Aleksandar Mitrovic challenges Jack Grealish at Wembley yesterday
This is what Mitro said after the game yesterday when Fulham beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship Playoff Final:
“I don’t know. Of course, I am really happy here. I had the best three and a half, four months of my career.”
“We will see what happens. I am still a Newcastle United player, I have two years left on my contract, so we will see.”
“I want to enjoy now. I have one day to rest and then I have to work hard, and I will focus on that.”
“I have people – my agent and people who speak with the clubs – and we will see what happens. I just want to enjoy the moment. I am really happy now.”
“Of course Fulham will be successful in the Premier League for sure.”
“I am delighted with the style we play, the players, with the staff. Every part.”
“The fans really help a lot and I think I played some of the best football in my life, the last four months, and I really enjoyed it.”
Rafa Benitez may not sell Mitro until after the Work Cup finals in Russia starting on June 14th have been completed.
If he has a good tournament, then that would help raise the price of the player by attracting more clubs (to the auction), and at the moment the fee looks like it’s around £20M.
Newcastle will probably want to sell Mitro this summer since there seems no future for him at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez, although Rafa has said the Serbian will be given every chance to impress in preseason.
And which club he will join is yet to be decided even though Fulham want him at Craven Cottage.
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