Aleksandar Mitrovic on his Newcastle future, his goals and ‘unfinished business’

Aleksandar Mitrovic with Ayoze Perez.
Aleksandar Mitrovic with Ayoze Perez.

Aleksandar Mitrovic says he’s definitely STAYING at Newcastle United – as he has “unfinished business” in the Premier League.

The striker scored in Saturday’s convincing 3-0 win over West Ham United.

I have unfinished business in the Premier League. I have a mission to show people in England, and I will show them.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitrovic – who could face retrospective action for an elbow on Manuel Lanzini – has long been linked with moves away from the club, which had lost its first two Premier League matches.

And the 22-year-old has revealed that there is interest in him from two teams.

Asked about the uncertainty over his future, Mitrovic said: “I’m not worried.

“In my head, I’m here. I have a lot of options in this transfer window, many from the top five leagues.

“I have two teams from the top five leagues, but they (Newcastle) decide that I need to stay here.

“I agree with them. I’m here, my head is here and every game I try to give my best to win games.”

Asked if he was definitely staying, he added: “At the moment, yes.”

The Serbia international went on: “I have unfinished business in the Premier League.

“I have a mission to show people in England, and I will show them.

“I’m going away with the international team now, and we have two really important games.

“We have four games left and we have two games now. I hope we can win them and be at the World Cup.”

Mitrovic – who netted in last week’s Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest – scored Newcastle’s third goal.

He rounded Joe Hart a minute after being denied by the England international.

Mitrovic attempted to explain his celebration after the match.

“I don’t know how to explain,” he said. “For who it is, they know.

“There are a lot of people who don’t trust in me, so I just try to make them wrong.

“That is everything. But, yes, it’s a nice feeling to score twice in a week. The feeling is always nice when you score, but it’s much better when you win.”

Asked if he felt “trusted” at Newcastle, Mitrovic said: “I don’t know, I’m not the gaffer.

“That’s not my job. My job is to score goals.

“I played 20 minutes, and my job is to give everything in every game and to try to deserve more minutes on the pitch. That’s all I can do.

“It was an amazing result, and we played really well. And we did everything that Rafa wants from us.

“I think it will be a nice evening for everybody in Newcastle.

“That is my job, to do the best that I can.

“I came on for the last 20 minutes and I tired to give everything to help the team, scoring another goal. I’m glad I helped the team to win this. It was really important.”

Mitrovic appeared to elbow Lanzini late in the game.

The incident was highlighted on Match of the Day, and pundit Phil Neville said that he was in “big trouble”.

Mitrovic could be punished retrospectively with a three-game ban if referee Neil Swarbrick missed the challenge.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said: “I didn’t see it. Nobody saw it because it was off the ball. There’s no point talking about that.”