Aleksandar Mitrovic’s father is alleged to have forced through his son’s move to Anderlecht in most unusual fashion, threatening to bomb Partizan Belgrade if they blocked his son’s transfer, according to Goal.
It was the club’s former captain Albert Nadj, who worked for the club as a co-ordinator in transfer deals until recently, who broke the news
The Newcastle striker spent six years in Partizan’s youth academy before moving to Teleoptik, where he spent his first season as a professional in the 2011-2012 season.
Mitrovic returned to Partizan, scoring 15 goals in 36 appearances, while drawing interest from a number of European clubs, including Belgian giants Anderlecht.
According to Nadj, the the Magpies striker’s father went to extreme measures to try and force through a transfer for his son.
“In a generation with Lazar Markovic, Nikola Ninkovic and Luka Stojanovic, Mitrovic was nowhere near Partizan’s youth team,” Nadj said.
“The club wanted to get rid of him, so he went to Teleoptik, and soon after some big clubs were chasing him and he moved to Anderlecht for £3.7 million. I was against his transfer, as I believed he should have stayed and improved more at Partizan, as the club could earn more from his transfer.
“While there was this big discussion over whether to sell him or not, his father came and said he will drop a bomb on the club if we refused to release Aleksandar. I threw the man out of my office, but some politicians even contacted us after that, putting pressure on us to sell Aleksandar.”
Mitrovic did make the move to Anderlecht and scored 44 goals in 90 appearances in two seasons in Belgium before joining Newcastle for £13 million in the summer of 2015.
The 21-year-old has provided four goals and two assists for the Magpies, who are currently ranked just 18th in the Premier League. Mitrovic has also been capped 18 times for the Serbian national team.