Rafa Benitez surprised by Aleksandar Mitrovic exit rumours

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic looks dejected

The player was linked with an exit from Newcastle United this summer.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has admitted to the Chronicle he was surprised to see stories stating he was considering selling Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Magpies boss has been extremely busy this summer, with eight new players arriving at the club so far.

There has also been a series of departures, with Andros Townsend, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabricio Coloccini among the more high profile exits.

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic looks dejectedNewcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic looks dejected

It is anticipated that more players will be moved on before the end of the transfer window as the Spaniard continues to mould his squad for this season.

Mitrovic was one of those linked with an exit, with the Mirror reporting that Benitez was keen to sell because he did not trust the Serbian.

However, Benitez has categorically denied the claims, saying they actually surprised him.

“I was surprised with this story about Mitrovic,” he told the Chronicle.

“Mitrovic is a good striker, he’s our target man. We need more power in attack so can we sell one striker if we need more power? No, we maybe need to bring in another one.”

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring the second goal for NewcastleAleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle

It now remains to be seen if Mitrovic can prove to be a success for Newcastle in the Championship this season.

He was a relative success story in the Premier League with nine goals to his name, but will know that the Championship is a completely different proposition.

With Newcastle expected to dominate the division though, there is every chance he could flourish should he be given the chance.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

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