Aleksandar Mitrovic explains the reason why he has 'always loved' Newcastle United

Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed his love for Newcastle United.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has told the Daily Mail of his long-standing love for the Magpies having joined the club last month.

Mitrovic, 20, became one of Steve McClaren's first signings for the club last month, arriving from Belgian side Anderlecht having racked up plenty of goals in Belgium.

The Serbian international smashed 44 goals in 90 games for Anderlecht, establishing himself as one of the hottest young strikers in Europe as a result.

It's Newcastle who won the race to sign him though, and the burly striker looks to be ideal for the Premier League given his size, strength and predatory instincts.

Now, Mitrovic has told the Daily Mail that he has always loved Newcastle ever since his former club Partizan beat the Magpies in a Champions League qualifier back in 2003, when Mitrovic was just eight years old.

"From the moment Partizan beat them I have followed Newcastle," said Mitrovic. "I've always loved them because even when you are watching their games on TV, you can feel the passion of the crowd. Even this, with 13,000 people here to watch training, you could see that. It will be a pleasure to play here," he added.

The St. James' Park faithful are famed for their support, and even after a dismal campaign last season, Mitrovic's comments prove that the Magpies are still an attractive proposition not only in England, but also on the continent.

Mitrovic's comments will no doubt endear him to the Newcastle fans, but he needs to prove that he can impress on the pitch as well as off it, with goals needed in the Magpies attack this season.

The youngster has scored goals wherever he has been, but this is the biggest step up in quality Mitrovic has faced so far - and he will be hoping to hit the ground running against Southampton this weekend.

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