Fulham chief sends West Ham and Crystal Palace an Aleksandar Mitrovic warning

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace shakes hands with Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst...

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are reportedly keen to keep Mitrovic in the Premier League but Fulham want him to spearhead their Championship challenge.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham FC (9) during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Fulham will do everything possible to keep Aleksandar Mitrovic at Craven Cottage this summer despite ongoing links with West Ham United and Crystal Palace, vice-chairman Tony Khan has told the Fulhamish podcast.

The Serbian international was one of the few Fulham players who came out of the 2018/19 season with any credit as The Cottagers were relegated immediately back to the Championship.

Mitrovic scored 11 goals in the Premier League, terrifying defenders with his increasingly controlled aggression and fearsome aerial presence. He would have surely found the net more regularly with better players around him.

 

So just imagine how prolific the former Newcastle striker could be in an attack alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend or Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson.

The Standard reports that both West Ham and Crystal Palace are keen to keep Mitrovic in the Premier League. The 24-year-old is apparently valued at £30 million (The Express).

But he is simply priceless for a Fulham side who are already planning to seal a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

12th May 2019, Craven Cottage, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Fulham versus Newcastle United; A dejected Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham as a cross is too long in the box

“I would like to retain as many of our key players as possible, and that includes Aleksandar Mitrovic. We made a big investment to get him here and I believe in him,” Khan said.

“Last season he played so hard for us and he sets a great tone in the dressing room and on the pitch. I am doing everything I can to keep him.

“I have a great relationship with him and we have had a lot of talks. He loves Fulham, he loves the club, he loves the people here, he loves his team-mates.”

With West Ham’s pursuit of both Maxi Gomez and Salomon Rondon hitting the buffers, you can guarantee that they will have listened to Khan’s comments with interest.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham battles for possession with Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in...

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