Rafa waits on Mitrovic future

12 March 2018 04:47:56 EST

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will have his Newcastle United future decided at the end of the season, as he continues to impress while on loan with Fulham.

The 23-year-old has scored seven goals in his last five games for the Cottagers, who are chasing promotion back to the Premier League, having fallen out of favour with the Magpies and been allowed to leave until the end of the season.

Mitrovic has another two years left to run on his current contract with Newcastle and United head coach Rafa Benitez is not in a rush to make any long-term decisions.

He told The Chronicle: "There are two ways to analyse this. One is Mitrovic is scoring goals in the Championship, that is good news for him and us.

"Two, he is playing before the World Cup and he is our player. We then have to discuss his future in May.

"In May we will see and if he is doing well, fine no problem."

Having allowed Mitrovic to move on for the time being, Newcastle have lost only one of their last six Premier League games, with a 3-0 weekend win at home to Southampton moving them five points clear of the relegation places.

However, they now have a three-week break before returning to action with a home game against Huddersfield Town on the last day of March.

The Tynesiders are 3/4 to defeat the Terriers, with the draw priced at 27/10, while Newcastle are 12/5 to claim victory by a one-goal margin.

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