Rafa Benitez has claimed he was left bemused by the actions of Anderlecht on deadline day, after a deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic fell through late on.
Newcastle signed Leicester striker Islam Slimani and Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan deals in the final hours of the transfer window, and were also able to shift a number of players out of St James’ Park before the window slammed shut.
One such player, Aleksandar Mitrovic, had looked destined to sign for former club Anderlecht, although the Belgian outfit had a late change of heart. Instead, the Serbian joined Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.
Talking about the late change of plans, the Magpies boss said;
The Mitro situation was strange. Anderlecht were saying yes, yes, yes, then no.
Mitro wants to play in the World Cup (with Serbia), and needs games. Mitro wanted to play, needed to play. He’s a nice lad.
We were surprised with Anderlecht. I had two or three Spanish clubs wanting him on loan and a French club.
Anderlecht pushed and pushed. You cannot push the way they did and then not have a position. But we reacted well, and that’s it.