New Fulham manager Marco Silva has revealed that he wants Serbian international AleksandarMitrovic to stay at the club ahead of the new Championship season which starts this weekend.

Former Everton, Watford and Sporting Lisbon manager Silva told West London Sport that Serbian player Mitrovic is an important part of his plans at the Craven Cottage.

Mitrovic, 26, has been the subject of interest from two teams on the European football stage. The Serbian international wants to leave the club this summer but his manager is determined to retain his services for the new season. According to his manager Silva, Serbian national team star Mitrovic is a key player for his team.

The general consensus is that Mitrovic potentially has a big role to play if Fulham are to return to the Premier League after just one season.

Mitrovic was part of the Fulham squad that suffered relegation from the English top flight last season while Scott Parker was still the manager. Parker left the club for fellow English Championship outfit Bournemouth and he was replaced by Marco Silva.

Serbian international didn’t have the best of seasons in the Premier League last term after he scored just three goals. In his penultimate Premier League campaign with Fulham, Mitrovic hit 11 goals but it was still not enough to seal Premier League safety for the Cottagers.

Mitrovic has a lot of admirers in European football including Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow and Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma. Earlier in the summer, it was reported that Dynamo Moscow made a £16m bid for Mitrovic and it was turned down by Fulham. The bid for Mitrovic was reported by The Atheltic. On their part, new AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho and his team are yet to make a bid for the Serbian player.