DR Congo recently made contact with former Gunner Stephy Mavididi to try and convince him to play for them at senior international level, according to reports.

Stephy Mavididi celebrates a goal for Dijon (Photo via Instagram)
Stephy Mavididi celebrates a goal for Dijon (Photo via Instagram)

Foot 365 (via GFFN) claim the DR Congo FA approached Arsenal academy striker Stephy Mavididi about playing for them at senior international level.

Mavididi played for England at youth level, but never in a senior game. As a result, he’s still free to make the switch. The DR Congo staff like the forward’s pace and versatility with current side Dijon.

The 21-year-old is on loan in Ligue 1, currently under contract with parent club Juventus. Dijon have the option to make the deal permanent though, and it looks like they want to.

Based on recent form, that’s no surprise. Last week, we reported on the fact he was on eight goal contributions in his last eight games, with six goals and two assists.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep that run going in a defeat to PSG in midweek. That’s not exactly a big surprise though, given Dijon’s standing compared to the Ligue 1 leaders.

Mavididi initially broke through with Arsenal, though he never made a senior appearance for the Gunners. He scored regularly for the u23s, and went on three loans to Charlton (twice) and Preston North End.

After eight years with the club, Mavididi moved on to Juventus in 2018. He played for their u23s for a season, and made his senior debut last April. Then he got his current move to Dijon over the summer. Maybe DR Congo is the next stop for his young career.