Aleksandar Mitrovic says he hopes to see Newcastle survive and harbours no ill will towards boss Rafa Benitez after leaving on loan.

Mitrovic bears no Toon grudges

Mitrovic bears no Toon grudges

The Serbia striker found first-team opportunities at St James' Park very difficult to come by during the first half of the season, despite a lack of attacking options at Benitez's disposal, and linked up with Fulham on loan until the end of the season last month.

After a crazy transfer deadline day, which saw him joining Anderlecht initially only for that deal to fall through and the Cottagers to swoop at the last minute, Mitrovic is keen to get his head down and work hard in the hope of earning a place in Serbia's World Cup squad.

The 23-year-old says he will still be keeping a close eye on matters at Newcastle and suggested he bore no grudge towards Benitez for not giving him more opportunities at a club he has taken to heart.

“For me Newcastle is such a big club and he [Benitez] knows it as well,' he told The Times. 'It has an amazing stadium and fans, it deserves to be in a much better position than it is now.

“Benitez saw the big potential of this club. I hope they stay in the Premier League, they deserve this.

“I never met Mike Ashley, he was my boss and I have to respect him.

“I will say Newcastle has a big history and I hope the club will be where it should be. Even now I wear black and white [at Fulham].”