Former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that he'll always love the club, despite a testing period on Tyneside.
The Serb arrived at St. James' Park as a 20-year-old following an impressive spell at Anderlecht as a teenager.
He scored 17 times in 72 appearances for the Magpies but failed to ever really convince Rafael Benitez and was sold to Fulham in 2018 for £22m.
But despite his up-and-down spell at Newcastle, Mitrovic, speaking to the
“When I came to Newcastle I was very young. The period I needed to settle in…I didn't have one. I was expected to play straight away and score goals like Papiss Cisse did a few years before.
“I will always love Newcastle, but that was a big problem for me."
The 25-year-old has gone on to be an indispensable member of the Fulham
Mitrovic's 12 goals in 17 appearances in his first six months at the club helped the Cottagers secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs before going on to score 11 times in the top-flight - albeit as his side went straight back down to the second tier.
Nevertheless, 'Mitro' has continued to shine at Craven Cottage this season, scoring 21 times in 30 Championship
And with Newcastle's record-signing Joelinton failing to fire for the Magpies in his debut campaign - scoring just one Premier League
The Serbia international's goal haul in the Championship this season is just three shy of Newcastle