Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed that his heart wanted him to return to Craven Cottage – and such was his desire to make a permanent move to Fulham that he didn’t talk to any other potential suitors.
The Serbian striker finally completed his drawn out transfer from Newcastle United this afternoon, signing a five-year contract at Craven Cottage to be reunited with Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic. The move follows protracted negotiations between the two clubs over their valuation of the 23 year-old after Mitrovic helped fire the Whites to promotion last year.
Mitrovic quickly became a firm favourite with the fans – scoring 12 goals in 20 games as Fulham went up via the play-offs and he told FulhamFCTV of his delight at finalising his move to west London:
I told my agent, my brother, my family that this is the only club I want to join. We didn’t even talk. Especially after the World Cup a few clubs were interested but my heart wanted to come here and to continue where we stopped. I didn’t talk to the other clubs. I know that I want to be here.
Thanks to Fulham and their fans, the people who work in the club to make this come true. They were really passionate. I thought it might happen sooner [than it did]. It was not easy but in the end we did it and I’m here. I am happy and proud to officially be a Fulham player.
When I came here I fitted into the club like I’d been here lots of years. I don’t need time to settle in, I just want to play football and try to make big things with this amazing club.
The deal to bring the powerful forward to London on a permanent basis is the Premier League new boys’ latest big-money capture in a summer of serious spending. Mitrovic, who is believed to have cost in the region of £20m, becomes Fulham’s fifth summer signing joining fellow new recruits Jean-Michael Seri, Maxime Le Marchand, Fabri and Andre Schürrle.