Charlton boss, Karl Robinson, has revealed that his club was never given the chance to meet with Stephy Mavididi and discuss another loan move, despite the Addicks wanting to take him.
Mavididi went out on loan to Charlton in January but unfortunately suffered a serious hamstring injury, which saw his spell with the Addicks cut short.
Charlton boss, Robinson, claims that he was actually very keen on bringing the 19-year-old back on board once he’d recovered, but for whatever reason, he didn’t get the chance to discuss a move.
“He was very good. He scored with his left foot on Tuesday and scored two last Thursday. But I know where he’s going,” he told News Shopper [via thisislocallondon].
“We were meant to meet him and for whatever reason, we weren’t given the opportunity to meet him.”
He added, “I think so (the deal is dead).
“Listen, I don’t know whose decision it was in the end but it’s part and parcel of the game.
“He’s someone that we like but it’s just the way football works.”
Mavididi only made five appearances for Charlton in League One while there but obviously made quite the impression.
Robinson’s comments came before the teenager was sent elsewhere to gain some more first team experience.
The striker from Derby is now on a season-long loan with Preston North End, who Arsenal played last season in the FA Cup, beating them 2-1 away.
They finished 11th in the Championship last season so are a good level for a young player to be at. He should get adequate game time but at a reasonably competitive level.
Before joining Charlton on loan last season, Mavididi scored eight goals and assisted two in 22 appearances for the Gunners’ youth sides, so hopefully he can start where he left off and stay injury free.
The youngster has been at Arsenal his entire career, signing his first professional contract in July 2015.
He’s been capped nine times for England’s u17s and scored once.