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Mitrovic: ‘Lukaku is a beast, he belongs to the best strikers in the world’

Aleksandar Mitrovic (ex-Anderlecht), brought Fulham FC’s promotion to the Premier League and wants to flow also persist at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia. Sport/Voetbalmagazine spoke with the leader of the Serbian national team.

Aleksandar Mitrovic © BELGAIMAGE

About his future and wants to Aleksandar Mitrovic until after the world cup not much to lose, but now Fulham are assured of Premier Leaguevoetbal he sees an extended stay at Craven Cottage certainly sit. “Absolutely, but that depends not only from me. I felt right at home, and my family lived happily in London. A bustling city, better weather than in the north of England, and perhaps the most important: easier connections to Serbia. From London you have at least direct flights.’

Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic proved to be Serbia a service by Mitrovic from his crisis of confidence and a perfect in shape after a striker to deliver for the national team. Mitrovic laughs: “He has indeed a good job done for his country. I must Jokanovic thank you for the trust, he talks a lot with me. I think it’s important that a trainer also to select the man behind the footballer. At Anderlecht I had a similar relationship with Besnik Hasi.’

The world cup in Russia may be indicative for his career, realizes the 23-year-old Serb. But he keeps the pressure prefer. ‘In me alive, especially knowing that we are with good results, enthusiasm is acquiring on the home front. The Serbian people hope and faith. For myself? I will just do my best on the field, the rest you have is not in the hand. Our goal is to make the group stage to survive, once you are past it, everything.”

The last world cup poulewedstrijd of Serbia, on 27 June against Brazil, as the opportunity to engage in the display case of the wereldvoetbal. Mitrovic retrieves the shoulders. “In my eyes are the groepsduels against Costa Rica and Switzerland more important. This is where we need our points to pick up. You feel well in Serbia that everything revolves around that match against Brazil, but the players themselves are focused on that first match against Costa Rica.’

Admiration for Lukaku

On the basis of the world cup kwalificatiecampagne (six goals in nine matches) is the ex-Anderlechtenaar first choice in the attack at the Serbian national team, but he remains humble. ‘Aleksandar Prijovic has a strong season with PAOK, he deserves as much a chance. I try not to be concerned, the important thing is that we win. Also, if I am not on the field stand, I want the best for the team. People see me sometimes as a bad boy, but I was in Newcastle a half years at the bank and I had never problems taken care of. I have respect for my teammates, even though I don’t happy around.’

With his current form, there is in Russia, perhaps a topschutterstitel in, we’ll take on. In a battle with Romelu Lukaku for example… “I hope so, because that would mean that we were both far to go along in the tournament”, smiled Mitrovic. “All joking aside: I see Lukaku out there really capable of.’

His admiration for the striker of the Red Devils cross Mitrovic not under chairs or sofas. On the contrary. “He is a beast and has an excellent mentality. We know each other a little bit. For me he is one of the best strikers in the world, that I’ve already said. At such a young age such statistics drop… (blow), and what did he have for lying?! On your 25th all topschutter of all time are from your country, that is truly phenomenal. He still receives criticism in Belgium, but that is because he is the standard so high.’

Read the full interview with Aleksandar Mitrovic in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 13 June.

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