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Mitrovic to stay at Fulham

last updated Sunday 07th July 2019, 11:43 PM

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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has ended speculation over his future at the English Championship club by signing a new five-year contract.

The Serbia international scored 11 Premier League goals for the Craven Cottage outfit last season but it wasn’t enough to save them from relegation.

Several clubs were linked with a move for the 24-year-old following Fulham’s drop into the second tier, including suitors in China.

Mitrovic confirmed that he turned down interested parties to commit to a deal that will keep him in London until the summer of 2024.

Mitrovic joined the club on loan from Newcastle United in January 2018, helping them earn promotion through the Championship play-offs before making his move permanent last summer for a reported £22 million.

Fulham open their 2019/20 Championship campaign with a trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley on Saturday 3 August.

Fulham FC statement
The Club is absolutely delighted to announce that Aleksandar Mitrovic has committed his future to Fulham.

Our number nine has agreed a new extended contract with the Whites, keeping him in SW6 until the summer of 2024.

A hugely popular figure in the changing room and amongst the fans, we look forward to having Mitrovic leading the line in our promotion charge.

The 24-year-old demonstrated his Premier League pedigree last season, topping the scoring charts for Fulham with 11 goals.

That followed an incredibly successful loan spell at Craven Cottage, where he netted 12 times in less than half a season en route to Wembley as Fulham won promotion via the 2017/18 Play-Offs.

He has also since gone on to win Serbia’s Golden Ball award, and now boasts a record of 25 goals in 48 matches for his country.

“I feel great. I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to playing here next season,” Mitrovic told fulhamfctv. “There were a lot of clubs interested but in the end I decided to stay here because I’m really happy and settled at Fulham. My kids, wife, all my family are happy here. This is my home and I am really happy to sign a new deal.

“Since the first day I came here I have received a great reception from everyone in the Club and the fans. I feel motivated and every morning when I come here to work I am happy. I have found my happiness and passion here.”

Tony Khan added: “Aleksandar Mitrovic has been a huge part of Fulham Football Club since he first arrived here in 2018 and helped fuel our run of 23 consecutive games unbeaten and our subsequent promotion to the Premier League. Mitro is a world class goal-scorer at any level and an amazing talent, but he’s also an incredible person off the pitch, he’s a leader at this football club and a great friend to his teammates and our entire staff, and he’s such a beloved hero to our supporters.

“Likewise, he loves Fulham and our awesome supporters and playing at Craven Cottage, we’ve all made him feel that Fulham is his home. I've been clear that keeping Mitro in our squad was our top priority, and I’m grateful to him for his loyalty that he’s committed to our club and this promotion campaign ahead. Thank you Mitro, we are fortunate to have you as part of this Fulham family.

Source Alasdair Mackenzie at uk.reuters
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