Newcastle United bad-boy Aleksandar Mitrovic promises best behaviour v Sunderland

St James Park

The Serbian has a knack for getting into trouble.

This weekend sees Newcastle United and Sunderland go head-to-head in the Tyne Wear derby in the Premier League. It will be the first one for both Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce as Newcastle United and Sunderland bosses respectively and will once gain, no doubt, be a heated affair.

The game has a history for getting fiery and one man who Newcastle fans will worry about in that respect is new striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian international has already shown in his brief time at St James Park that his talent comes with baggage - a short fuse and a knack for seeing red.

But he has insisted that the atmosphere of the derby game this weekend will not get to his head.

He told the official Newcastle United website:

"There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid.

"I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates.

"I am only 21 but I have played in a lot of big derbies and I can say I know how to play these games and score goals in them. I hope I will score in my first game against Sunderland."

Mitrovic has played in a few big derby games in the past. He played in Anderlecht-Standard clashes in Belgium as well as the fiery Belgrade derby in his homeland - they don't come much more vitriolic than that.

So hopefully he should handle this rivalry with a pinch of salt.

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