Aleksandar Mitrovic: 'Trust me, this Newcastle team is REALLY special'

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback

Aleksandar Mitrovic has reacted to Newcastle United's "amazing" promotion back to the Premier League.

Mitrovic was in the side that beat Preston North End 4-1 last night to secure a return to the top flight.

Newcastle, four points behind league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, could yet win the Championship title.

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“This means that we have brought back the Premier League, where this club always belongs, so this is an amazing thing," said the striker.

"It's been a really long season which has has a lot of oscillation, but we made it in the end, so we are very happy.

“I'm very happy that I stayed this season and I have really enjoyed it. I haven't played a lot, I haven't scored a lot of goals, but I have really, really enjoyed it, even on the bench."

Asked about the demands of the Championship, Mitrovic added: "Trust me, this team is really special, this team is a real team – that's the reason why we have made it.

“I didn't believe it when they told me that this league is so hard, but for me, this league physically is even harder than the Premier League, so it's a really big achievement for this team, for these guys.

“We have to finish these two games and we still have a chance to win the league, so we will try. But the most important thing is that next year, we will play Premier League football here, and that's unbelievable."

Newcastle's players celebrated with manager Rafa Benitez on the pitch after the final whistle as fans applauded them.

“I have said since the beginning how good the relationship (with the fans) is," said Mitrovic. "They are amazing, they deserve the best, the best football, so we did everything this season to bring them again to the Premier League.

“I'm really happy that next season, they will see here the big clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

“These fans deserve the best, so hopefully next season we will be able to do something special, and maybe we can do some big things in the Premier League as well. You never know, that's football."

Mitrovic feels the Championship has toughened him up as a player.

“Personally, I have learnt how to play more physically," said the 22-year-old. "I have learnt a lot of things, because I have had a long time to look.

“I haven't played every game, so I have had a lot of time to learn next to Dwight (Gayle) and (Daryl) Murphy. They are two really good strikers, different types, so I can learn from both.

“Like I said, I haven't played, I haven't scored goals, but I have learnt a lot from the guys and from this league. It's been very hard and this will make me a better player for sure and in the future with this experience I have had in the Championship, I can play easily in other leagues.

“I didn't really expect a hard league like this.”

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Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic