Rafa Benitez reaches out to Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic after Fulham heroics

Rafa Benitez has been in contact with Aleksandar Mitrovic – to congratulate him on his scoring exploits.

The Newcastle United striker collected the Championship Player of the Month award for March after netting five goals last month.

Mitrovic, 23, has scored eight goals in total for loan club Fulham, who are third in the league.

United manager Benitez has also been in contact with Adam Armstrong and Matz Sels, who are on loan at Blackburn Rovers and Anderlecht respectively.

“I was congratulating him and Armstrong, and I was in contact with Sels,” said Benitez.“You’re in contact with these players, because we follow them.

“We are working on that. We follow our players on loan and have a report every week to know if they were playing, if they were doing well or not.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic

“But we have to wait and after, it will be easier to talk with them (about their futures at Newcastle).”

Armstrong won League One's Player of the Month award for February after scoring four goals for Blackburn.