Aleksandar Mitrovic discusses his relationship with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.

Newcastle United have sent out Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan to Fulham until the end of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26,...

Aleksandar Mitrovic has told the Times that he has to respect Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, even though they never met during his time at St. James’ Park.

Ashley has come under fierce criticism from Newcastle fans, following his failure to invest heavily in the January transfer window.

Newcastle made three signings last month, but every one of the additions was brought in on loan.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Mitrovic was temporarily sent out to Fulham, in an attempt from Benitez to make room for his new additions.

However, the Serbian forward claims that he has no hard feelings towards Newcastle, and insists he wants them to stay in the Premier League.

“For me Newcastle is such a big club and he [Benítez] knows it as well,” Mitrovic says.

“It has an amazing stadium and fans, it deserves to be in a much better position than it is now. Benítez saw the big potential of this club. I hope they stay in the Premier League, they deserve this.

“I never met Mike Ashley, he was my boss and I have to respect him. I will say Newcastle has a big history and I hope the club will be where it should be.”

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Sections of Newcastle fans were frustrated when Mitrovic was loaned out to Fulham, as they feel he still has a lot to offer.

The target-man has barely been used by Benitez, but his passion for Newcastle has made him a firm fans’ favourite at St. James’ Park.

Mitrovic made his Fulham debut in their match against Nottingham Forest last weekend, which they won 2-0.

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