Report: Benitez held talks with Newcastle ace Aleksandar Mitrovic on Thursday amid Premier League interest

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has allegedly told Rafael Benitez that he wants to stay at St. James' Park.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez held face-to-face talks with Aleksandar Mitrovic at the club's training ground on Thursday morning in a bid to clarify the striker's future.

The Magpies are busy preparing for tonight's game against Nottingham Forest, where they will be hoping to bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic scores their first goalNewcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic scores their first goal

One player who will be hoping to feature is striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has played just 24 minutes in December, with Dwight Gayle firmly cementing himself as Newcastle's first-choice striker.

Mitrovic, 22, has hit five goals in all competitions so far this season, but has started just four Championship games this term, and his situation on Tyneside appears to have triggered Premier League interest.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

The Telegraph note that the former Anderlecht star is wanted by both Crystal Palace and Swansea City, after the Serbian international hit nine goals in the top flight last season.

However, it's stated that manager Benitez and striker Mitrovic held talks at the club's training ground on Thursday morning to thrash out the striker's future – and he told Benitez that he wants to stay at St. James' Park.

Benitez is quoted as saying that Mitrovic is 'fine' with the situation, as he understands that summer signing Gayle is scoring goals and deserves his role as the club's leading striker right now.

“I can't say 100 per cent I will not sell these players, because you never know,” said Benitez. “At the moment, we are not thinking about selling. We have had a conversation today. Mitro is fine, he's OK and he understands the situation. He knows that Dwight Gayle is scoring goals and it's very difficult [to play every week],” he added.

The report adds that Benitez thinks somebody is offering Mitrovic to other clubs, but with Newcastle not looking to sell and Mitrovic telling his manager that he doesn't want to leave, it looks highly unlikely that he will be leaving St. James' Park in January.

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