Aleksandar Mitrovic ready to quit Newcastle after being overlooked by Rafa Benitez

Aleksandar Mitrovic is ready to quit Newcastle United in next month's transfer window '“ for the sake of his career.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitrovic, sidelined with a back injury, spoke about his future in an interview with the Gazette last month.

The Serbia international is frustrated after only making a handful of Premier League appearances this season.

Mitrovic – who needs to be playing regularly ahead of next summer's World Cup – has opened up again in an interview with Serbian sports daily Zurnal.

United manager Rafa Benitez, however, will not let the 23-year-old leave in the January window unless he can secure a replacement.

"I persistently waited for the chance over the past months and I did not get it," said Mitrovic.

"I'm sorry – after all, I loved Newcastle, but it's time for me to look more to myself, to find the best solution for my career.

"I tried to be honest with myself and my team-mates at every training and match. And the fact that I did not get a chance is simply not up to me.

"I never felt better. I'm physically in flawless form. I cannot wait to play. The most important thing is to find a club and finally get a chance in the field."

Mitrovic is behind Dwight Gayle and Joselu in the pecking order at Newcastle, who take on Manchester City at St James's Park tonight.