Despite playing 8-years on English soil, Aleksandar Mitrovic has no “nostalgia for England”, claiming Al-Hilal to be on par with Real Madrid

In his eight long seasons on English soil, Aleksander Mitrovic represented clubs like Newcastle United and Fulham, both of which are big names in English football. The Serbian Striker moved to the Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal FC this summer from Fulham and believes that Al-Hilal is the biggest club he has ever played for.

Since his arrival, Mitrovic has been scoring goals for fun in the Al-Hilal colors and is clearly having a good time. It seems that the 29-year-old has now taken a subtle dig at his former clubs as he sang high praises of Al-Hilal, even going on to draw parallels with Real Madrid.

Aleksandar Mitrovic talks about his move to Al-Hilal

This summer, Al-Hilal, with their lucrative offers, have attracted big names in football from Europe. Alongside Mitrovic, players like Neymar Jr., Sergej Milinković-Savić, Malcolm, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Yassine Bounou have also joined the Riyadh club.

In a recent interview, while Mitrovic sang praises of his new club he also aimed a dig at his former sides, Newcastle and Fulham. He said, “I’m happy to have finally arrived at a top club. Al-Hilal is a bit like Real Madrid in Europe”.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (via saudi foot)

“I have no nostalgia for England, I played many years there.“I’m very happy here and I want to win titles”, he told to Gazzetta dello Sport.

He further revealed that he had recommended his national teammates to move to Saudi Arabia while being on international duty for the Serbian National team.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has made a decent start to his career in the Saudi league and has become a fan favorite, scoring five goals in his first four games for his new club. Mitrovic opened the scoring in their recent 6-1 win over Al-Riyadh last Friday.

How long did Mitrovic play in England?

The Serbian star played for Newcastle United and Fulham during his eight years of time in English football. Mitrovic made 278 appearances for both clubs combined, scoring a total of 128 goals and providing 33 assists.

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The 29-year-old played a key role in helping Newcastle United and Fulham gain promotion to the Premier League in 2017 and 2022, respectively.

While playing for Fulham FC, he finished as the top scorer in the Championship twice. In 2022, Mitrovic’s 43 goals and contributions secured their place in the Premier League, and the Serbian was declared the Championship Player of the Year.

Now he has turned a new leaf in his career and seeks to excel in the Saudi Pro League.

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