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Mitrovic 'very happy, proud and excited' to join NUFC

Newcastle United's newest signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic has said he is "very happy, proud and excited" to be joining the team.

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Speaking to nufcTV, Mitrovic said he grew up supporting the Magpies and loved pulling on the famous black and white striped shirt with his surname on the back.

I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here.

For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans.

I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.

– Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to nufcTV

Mitrovic is the fourth biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

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Newcastle sign Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, subject to the player receiving a visa, the club have announced.

The 20-year-old is Steve McClaren's second summer signing. Credit: NUFC

Newcastle have reportedly paid £13 million for the 20-year-old Serbian international, who joins on a five-year deal.

The Magpies have said it is the fourth-biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum.

Middlesbrough beaten in final Spanish tour game

Boro’s Marbella trip has concluded with a 1-0 defeat against Andalusian opponents Linense.

Middlesbrough dominated the first half in terms of possession, but it was the Spanish side who scored the only goal of the game following a shift in momentum during the second half.

Read a full match report here: Boro edged out by local opposition

Newcastle United earn first tour win in Sacramento

Newcastle United players training whilst on pre-season tour in the USA Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

Newcastle United earned their first win of this summer's pre-season tour of the USA in Sacramento last night.

The Magpies won 1-0 against Sacramento Republic at Bonney Field after an own goal from James Kliffe. Massadio Haidara was also shown a straight red card in the second-half after a dangerous tackle.

Before the game, Newcastle held an open training session in front of fans.

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini signing autographs Credit: Daniel Radcliffe
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren on the training ground Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

One supporter from the North East, who now lives near Sacramento, in California said:

Of all the places to come I didn't think they would end up out here.

– Daniel Radcliffe, Newcastle United supporter
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko with a fan from the North East Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

Magpies swoop for Serbia striker Mitrovic

Newcastle United are reportedly chasing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic Credit: VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/Press Association Images

Newcastle United are understood to be close to signing Anderlecht striker Alexsandar Mitrovic.

The Serbia international has reportedly said goodbye to his Anderlecht teammates and is on his way for a medical on Tyneside, ahead of an estimated £13 million deal.

The 20-year-old would become Steve McClaren's second summer signing after the Magpies clinched the transfer of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum last weekend.

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Kalas signs for another season on loan at Middlesbrough

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Tomas Kalas, the Czech Under-21 international owned by Chelsea, will be heading out to the Middlesbrough training camp in Marbella after signing on for a second season this morning.

He told the club's official website: "I’d already decided at the end of last season that if Chelsea would like to get me on loan again this would be my first choice, so it was easy when I heard I could stay."

It’s been easy to adapt because I know the lads. I know Marbella because we came here last year so it’s been easy.

I think we’re still building the team. It’s a mix of everything. Everyone is still working on it and I think we will be stronger than before.

– MFC.co.uk

Woodgate comes postpones retirement for Boro

Jonathan Woodgate is back at the Riverside. Credit: PA

Former England defender Jonathan Woodgate has shelved his retirement plans to sign a new 12-month contract at Middlesbrough.

Woodgate had looked set to end his playing days but Boro boss Aitor Karanka has convinced him to extend his career after the club lost new signing Alex Baptiste to a broken leg.

Woody will be important in the changing room.

I really appreciated his reaction after hearing of Alex Baptiste’s injury last week, and he is ready to come back.

He knows his role will be a bit different. He wants to come here to help us get promotion.

I said last season and I’ll say it again, he can be very important because he is a good person and a good lad.

He was thinking about retiring 10 months ago and now he wants to help us. We are close to being a family here, and we’re pleased to say ‘welcome back Woody.’

– AITOR KARANKA

North East athletes going for gold in the USA

In just over a week ten days time a team of 11 athletes from the North East will join thousands of others from 165 nations at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

They all have learning disabilities and are representing Great Britain in events including swimming, basketball and football.

Our reporter Kris Jepson has been to Redcar to see them in training.

Downing 'more than just a player' for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says new signing Stewart Downing is "more than just a player" for the club.

Downing completed his switch back to Boro from West Ham exactly six years after leaving the Riverside Stadium in 2009. The 30-year-old has joined on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking about the move, Karanka said:

It's an amazing signing for us. He's more than just a player.

Nobody expected him to come here. But he wants to be here and is completely committed to the club and the team. He is a very good person and I'm excited to work with him.

– Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough FC Head Coach
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