Aleksandar Mitrovic interview: Finding happiness at Fulham, breaking records for Serbia and promotion hopes
Typically, around this time of year, Championship nightclubs start to feel somewhat nervous. If Premier League clubs start to look around for gamers who may well reinforce their hopes of 25, the period before January is.
Fulham have no need to stress. A couple of minutes in the business of Aleksandar Mitrovic at their Motspur Park training ground at London and you know he’s going nowhere. There were opportunities for him following the club were relegated to leave in the summer, but the Serb was quick to sign a contract.
“It was easy,” Mitrovic informs Sky Sports of his choice to commit his future Craven Cottage until 2024. “I love this club and the men and women who work here. Everybody and everything makes my family happy and that I really feel at home here.
“On the pitch I am playing with games and scoring goals, that is why I play football. I found my pleasure ”
It took a while to find his true home. The Newcastle fans never loved him having arrived from Belgian club Anderlecht at 2015, but never had the smoothest of occasions.
Since joining Fulham at 2018, originally he’s matured and grown as a person and a participant. Up to now he has netted 36 goals in 76 games in all competitions.
“I came from Belgium to England into the very best league in the world,” Mitrovic remembers. “It wasn’t a simple start and it was tough to accommodate. The Premier League is physical and I was a boy, so I didn’t expect it and that I had the time to repay.
“I had a good first year with Newcastle but I hit some bad moments. I didn’t play a great deal, so I began playing and more scoring goals and arrived here to Fulham.
“I had been about the pitch and that’s the reason I am so happy here, they know how to play me plus it’s a club that actually want me. There are and that’s what makes me happy. That’s why I chose to stay.”
Mitrovic’s kind for Fulham has also transferred to his own performances for Serbia. He is currently closing in on becoming the top scorer in the history of the nation, with netted 34 times so far in 55 caps. He needs five more to overtake Stjepan Bobek in the top of the ranks.
Because they tackle the to get Euro 2020 serbia could do with some of the in March. They will have to acquire in Norway and then face either Israel or Scotland to get a place in the finals.
At a time when the worldwide game sounds a waning priority for all, Mitrovic’s attitude to playing Serbia is refreshing. He originally joined Fulham on loan 2018 to make sure he was in good condition for its World Cup, and it’s his dream to allow them to get to another tournament.
“It’d be the largest factor in my career,” he explained of possibly becoming Serbia’s top scorer in the near future. “I’m always very proud to perform for my state and to wear the top is the largest honor, therefore to break that list would make my family and everybody around me joyful.
“I look forward to every game with the national staff. It was my dream as a kid and it’s incredible that I’m really close to achieving something in Serbian football history. There are some very big names in the football world on that list and some players and I will be alongside them. I am just going to keep working to score more goals.”
And Mitrovic expects that he will be playing for Serbia in Euro 2020 as a Premier League player .
“That’s why I stayed because I believe I can help this team,” he said. “My job is to score goals and in every match I attempt to do my job. I am hoping that I can help the team. Automatic promotion is what we are aiming for and at the end I hope we will be there. I am sure as the season goes on we’ll get better and better.
“it is a very tough league against teams working really hard. I believe that it’s the greatest second league on the planet for certain, it is really exciting to watch and to play and revel in. From the Championship we have more ownership, we make more opportunities than at the Premier League and we are more dominant.
“It’s still the early part of the season but with the grade of the team and director we have, I am sure we’ll return in the Premier League next season.”