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Aleksandar Mitrovic hopes for second crack at Premier League with Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic is determined to test himself in the Premier League with Newcastle once again as he hopes for a future on Tyneside.

The 22-year-old Serbia international has struggled to win a regular place at St James' Park since his £14.5million arrival from Belgian club Anderlecht during the summer of 2015, and played a largely peripheral role in the club's return to the top flight after a single season in exile.

Manager Rafael Benitez will hope to carry out another significant close-season overhaul of his squad to prepare it for life back in the big time, and Mitrovic wants to be a part of it.

Asked if he wants to stay, he said: "Hopefully. We have to finish these two games, then I have the international team and then I will go on vacation.

"I will leave this to my father and my brother to see. I hope so, I'm happy here, but we'll see."

Mitrovic will hope for further chances to prove himself in the Magpies' final two Sky Bet Championship fixtures at Cardiff on Friday evening and then at home to Barnsley on the final day, and that remains his focus.

Asked if he had spoken to Benitez yet over his future, he said: "Not yet. We are really focused to finish this season in the way we want and the way we started.

"It's a really long year for me so I need a vacation, I need to rest from football and from everything."

Mitrovic has had to be patient in recent months with leading scorer Dwight Gayle, Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez bearing the brunt of the workload up front.

However, the Serb has been impressed with what the Spaniard has done so far and is hoping he can take the club to the next step.

Mitrovic said: "He brings the right players in, the good players he wanted and the ones who have been a success for us.

"Players with Championship experience have helped us; they know how to manage the game and to play in the Championship.

"This is a really physical league, and you have to be 100 per cent motivated every game and to play 95 minutes against every team.

"He brought the right players in and tactically he has been good. He is liked by the players and I can say I have learned a lot from him.

"I hope he stays."

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