Slavisa Jokanovic opens up about Aleksandar Mitrovic's move from Newcastle United

Slavisa Jokanovic, manager of FulhaFulham looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Bristol City at Craven Cottage on October 31, 2017 in London, England.

Rafael Benitez sold Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham during the summer transfer window.

Slavisa Jokanovic, manager of FulhaFulham looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Bristol City at Craven Cottage on October 31, 2017 in London, England.

Slavisa Jokanovic has told the Daily Mirror that Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘signed himself’ for Fulham from Newcastle United in the summer.

Mitrovic spent the back end of last season on loan at Fulham from Newcastle, when he helped the Cottagers earn promotion.

The Serbian striker became very popular at Craven Cottage, and Jokanovic has suggested that Newcastle changed the price-tag that Fulham had to pay as a result of Mitrovic’s good form.

 

“In the end, it’s about the final say. People say, 'You signed Mitrovic in June.’ No, it’s not true,” he said. “Mitrovic signed himself because he scored the goals, the supporters wanted him and he signed himself at a different price.

“But I understand modern football, how the club is working, and I can agree or disagree on movement from the club’s side. But many clubs do it like that. Some teams give you the players and say, ‘Come on! Make the team!’”

Fulham ended up paying Newcastle £22 million for Mitrovic in the summer, as reported by BBC Sport.

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on January...

The transfer has still appears to have been a good piece of business, as Mitrovic has been one of the bright spots of a poor season for Fulham.

The 24-year-old striker has hit seven Premier League goals so far this term in 16 games.

Mitrovic’s good form has still not been enough to get Fulham out of trouble though, as Claudio Ranieri’s side are currently sat at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic watches from the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in...

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