‘Finally’ - £46m striker aims brutal dig at Newcastle United & Premier League after summer transfer

Aleksandar Mitrovic has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at his former clubs Newcastle United and Fulham following his £46million move to Al Hilal.

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Mitrovic joined Newcastle from Anderlecht for £13million in 2015 and went on to score 17 goals in 72 appearances before joining Fulham for £27million in 2018. The Serbian striker enjoyed a prolific spell with The Cottagers, scoring 111 goals in 206 appearances before forcing a move to the Saudi Pro League over the summer.

“When I received the offer from Al-Hilal, I talked about it with my family, giving up was impossible,” Mitrovic told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

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The 29-year-old holds no sentiment for his time in England, comparing his new club to European giants Real Madrid.

“I have no nostalgia for England, I played many years there,” he added. “I’m happy to have finally arrived at a top club, Al-Hilal is a bit like Real Madrid in Europe.”

Mitrovic was part of a £290million summer transfer splurge for Al Hilal, who also signed Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, Ruben Neves from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, Malcolm from Zenit St Petersburg and Yassine Bounou from Sevilla.

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The Saudi Pro League side are the most decorated football club in Asia having won the AFC Champions League a record four times.

Newcastle played Al Hilal last December as part of their warm-weather training camp in Saudi Arabia, winning 5-0 in Riyadh. Since then the Saudi Pro League has seen significant investment with Al Hilal one of four clubs taken over by Newcastle’s Public Investment Fund owners.