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Mitrovic ‘not for sale,’ say Fulham

Fulham have insisted Aleksandar Mitrovic is not for sale after a number of European clubs expressed interest in signing the in-form striker in January.

Mitrovic has scored an extraordinary 21 Championship goals in eighteen league appearances and established himself as a key part of Marco Silva’s side having been ostracised by former manager Scott Parker last season. The 27 year-old, who also headed Serbia’s last minute winner in Portugal to send his country to the World Cup finals, was linked with a move to Villarreal last month whilst Teamtalk reports that Juventus, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Nice and Lille have made contact with Fulham about a potential transfer.

But the Fulham hierarchy have been unequivocal in their response – telling all parties that Mitrovic, who signed a new five-year contract at Craven Cottage in August, is unavailable for transfer. The club believe that their talisman will be vital in not only helping them return to the Premier League at the first time of asking but keeping the Whites back in the top flight. Mitrovic’s agent has also rebuffed approaches from other clubs stressing how happy their client and his family are in London.

Tete wants Fulham to retain belief

Kenny Tete has urged his Fulham team-mates to retain their belief after the Whites’ seven-match winning streak was ended by the midweek stalemate with Derby County.

Wayne Rooney’s Rams battled hard to hold Fulham to a draw at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night, but the Dutch full back believes that – with an illness ripping through the squad earlier this week – the point was not the worst result for Marco Silva’s side. Tete told FFC this afternoon:

“No, it’s not the worst thing. We had some chances to finish it, we didn’t do it but they didn’t score, another clean sheet and one point. We are lucky that Bournemouth didn’t win and unfortunately we didn’t win the game. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Tete shared his disappointment at being unable to contribute to Fulham’s fine start to the season beyond August after being sidelined until earlier this month after tearing his hamstring.

“I was really frustrated. I thought I was in good shape, felt good and I didn’t expect that the injury would be that long. I worked hard, really happy to be back. I feel good – I still feel sometimes something, but that’s normal with this injury. It will get better game by game.”

The right back was delighted to mark his return to the starting line-up against Barnsley with a trademark cross for Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring.

“I was obviously really happy to get that assist. I worked hard for it and I’m happy that I could help the team. With Mitro, it’s easy to score for them.”

He knows that Preston will pose a particular test tomorrow afternoon, but feels that if Fulham remain true to Silva’s gameplan then they stand every chance of coming away from Deepdale with three points.

“In the Championship, every week it is a battle, it is fight. Every team can beat everyone. If I am honest, I think we have to look at our qualities and I think that we have a lot of qualities. We have to believe in our strengths, play our game and that I know that it will be good.”

Juventus mulling Mitrovic move

Juventus are keeping tabs on Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to reports this afternoon.

Football League World claim that the Italian giants have lined up the Serbian striker, who has already 21 goals in the Championship this season, as an alternative should they fail to secure the services of his compatriot Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. The Bianconeri are eager to add their attacking options in January after a disappointing start to the Serie A season, which sees them sitting in eighth place after thirteen games.

Mitrovic, who signed a five-year contract at Craven Cottage in August, was linked with a move to Villarreal in the Spanish press yesterday. Fulham are understood to be ready to resist any offers for their in-form frontman – just as they did over the summer – as Marco Silva sees them as a crucial part of his plans for the Premier League should the Whites go on to win promotion this season.

Cairney feels Fulham’s confidence growing

Tom Cairney says Fulham’s confidence is sky high following seven straight wins – and believes Marco Silva’s side could be on track to be the best Fulham team he has played in.

The captain told the club’s official website this morning:

“I’ve played in some very good Fulham sides, and the thing about this team is we’re scoring a lot of goals. We’ve hit three or four a few times this season, which is not easy to do, so when you do that and you believe you can do that going into games, it fills you with a lot of confidence. And we’ve got a striker who’s on 21 goals in November, which is a bit crazy, and he would have had another if he wasn’t so unselfish.

It’s stupid, it’s a little bit silly. I know the Championship record is 31, hopefully he can keep this form up. He’s on course to have a very, very special season. When you’re going into games with that in your armoury, it fills you with confidence.”

Cairney knows that Derby will represent another stern test tomorrow night after beating Bournemouth at the weekend. He is full of sympathy for the Rams’ plight following their points deductions.

“I’ve not been a player in that position so I can’t imagine what it’s like, but I’m sure it’s hard. You’re fighting an uphill battle after having points taken off you. It’s tough being at the bottom of the league and obviously there’s a big gap now, so as a professional player I do have sympathy for them, but we’ve got to do our professional job and go out there and try and beat them. If they get out of it then I think it’s one of the best escapes in Championship history. We’ve seen crazy things in football before so we can’t rule them out, but it’s a massive uphill climb.”

Emery eyes Mitrovic move

Reports from Spain suggest Unai Emery is interested in signing Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic for Villarreal.

The Serbian striker scored his 21st goal of the Championship season in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Barnsley on Saturday and headed the winner for Serbia as they qualified for the World Cup finals at the expense of Portugal last weekend. The 27 year-old has scored 74 goals in 149 appearances for the Whites and put pen to paper on a new five year contract in August.

Emery is eager to add to Villarreal’s attacking arsenal in January with his side sitting in twelfth in La Liga having scored just fifteen goals in thirteen games. But Fulham, who turned down several offers for Mitrovic in the summer, would fiercely resist any approach for their in-form striker and’s suggestion that he would be available for just €16m seems particularly fanciful.