NUFC loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic has dropped the biggest hint yet ahead of his potential NUFC exit this summer, admitting that he’d love to stay at Fulham – stating his agent will be working on completing a permanent move to Craven Cottage in the coming months.
Since leaving on loan on deadline day, the 23-year-old has scored a stunning 8 goals in 11 games, seeing him win the Championship’s player of the month award for March this week.
He’s clearly feeling loved and appreciated, but has also admitted (once again) that he’s playing in a system that suits him so much better than the one deployed by Benitez at Newcastle.
Here’s what he’s had to say in a revealing interview with the Sun today:
“If there is any chance, I would love to come back here.
“I would love to stay but we have to finish the season well first, to be where we want to be and then there’s the World Cup.
“My agent will be working on all that. But, yes, I have a manager here who wants me — although maybe it all depends if Slavisa goes to Real Madrid… ”
The Serbian then admitted that, despite Benitez being ‘one of the best coaches’ he’s seen, his style of football did not suit his play:
“Benitez is a good person but in the formation he played, I didn’t feel good with his tactics.
Tactically and defensively he is one of the best coaches I’ve seen, but offensively it wasn’t a style that was good for me.
“I respected his decisions, I didn’t make a problem, I am thankful he let me go and I wish Newcastle all the best.”
This is a notion Rafa clearly disagrees with, stating recently that we gave him the perfect platform to score goals in the same division last season, however it seems so clear here that Mitrovic wants a permanent move to Fulham.
Providing they get promoted, this is no real surprise. He’s a player that needs to be loved and he’s thriving at Fulham.
Maybe it may be for the best. Some will say he’s a talent that’s been wasted by Benitez, but it seems to me like it’s a clash of styles and best for all parties if we can get a big fee and he can get the move he needs to play week in week out.