Aleksandar Mitrovic discusses his Newcastle United future – and addresses talk of a potential exit

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Aleksandar Mitrovic admits he’s hopeful of staying at Newcastle United next season.

But he has revealed that no decision will be made on his future until the summer.

I will leave this to my father and my brother to see

The Serbian international frontman has been linked with a move away from the club constantly over the last 12 months, with the likes of Paris St-Germain said to have considered signing him in the January window.
And with his first-team chances limited in the Championship this campaign, due to the goalscoring form of Dwight Gayle, that talk has only heightened.

Even though the exit door appears to be looming large for fan favourite Mitrovic, he has admitted he could stay at United beyond this season.

Although, nothing will be decided until his representatives, and the player himself, have had a break to assess their options.

When asked whether he wants to stay 22-year-old Mitrovic replied: “Hopefully.

“We have to finish these two games, then I have the international team and then I will go on vacation.

“I will leave this to my father and my brother to see.

“I hope so, I’m happy here, but we’ll see.”

When asked to clarify his position and to confirm whether conversations had already taken place with the club or manager Rafa Benitez he added: “Not yet.

“We are really focused to finish this season in the way we want and the way we started.

“Then I will go on vacation, then I want to finish this season and make sure we continue further than just going into the Premier League, then I will have the national team.

“It’s a really long year for me so I need a vacation, I need to rest from football and from everything.”

One thing that Mitrovic has learned this season, despite his lack of games and goals, is that the English second tier is much more physically demanding than the Premier League.

He said: “This is a really physical league.

“You have to be 100% motivated every game and to play 95 minutes against every team.”

Despite being benched for much of the campaign Mitro saved some praise for his manager Rafa Benitez, who has guided the club back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

“He brought the right players in and tactically he has been good,” said the striker.

“He is liked by the players and I can say I have learned a lot from him. I hope he stays.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle have been linked with a summer move for Stoke City frontman Jon Walters.

The Ireland international is expected to leave the Potters at the end of the season.