Aleksandar Mitrovic opens up on his Newcastle future – and Rafa Benitez's tactics

Rafa Benitez has spoken about his Newcastle United future.

The striker, on loan at Fulham, was collected the Championship's Player of the Month award for March.

Mitrovic has scored eight goals in eight games for Slavisa Jokanovic's third-placed side, who are unbeaten in 18 games.

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The 23-year-old, signed from Anderlecht in the summer of 2016, had spent the previous 18 months at Newcastle on the fringes under Rafa Benitez.

And Mitrovic – who will go to the World Cup finals with Serbia in the summer – is keen to return to promotion-chasing Fulham next season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic

“If there is any chance, I would love to come back here," Mitrovic told The Sun. “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.

Mitrovic found his opportunities limited in the Championship by the form of Dwight Gayle, and he only made a handful of appearances for United in the first half of this season.

“Benitez is a good person, but in the formation he played, I didn’t feel good with his tactics," said Mitrovic. “Tactically and defensively, he's 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'm thankful he let me go and I wish Newcastle all the best.

“I’m so happy God helped me finish up here. Fulham have been playing great football under Slavisa for two years, and it’s a very big deal in the Championship to play this style and be without defeat for so long.

“Fulham didn’t give up in the last hour of the transfer window, so I want to win them promotion to the Premier League.”