Sven Mislintat says Konstantinos Mavropanos has made it clear he wants to stay with VfB Stuttgart if he’s not in Arsenal’s immediate plans.

Konstantinos Mavropanos in training with Stuttgart (Photo via Mavropanos on Twitter)
Konstantinos Mavropanos in training with Stuttgart (Photo via Mavropanos on Twitter)

Speaking in quotes reported by German outlet Bild this week, Sven Mislintat has claimed that Konstantinos Mavropanos stated clearly that he wants to return to VfB Stuttgart next season if Arsenal don’t plan to utilise him.

“He says very clearly: If he doesn’t play a role in Arsenal’s planning, he wants to stay with us,” Mislintat said. “That’s an awesome statement and it helps us. A lot has been set up for an extension to work.”

We’ve already heard a lot from Mislintat on this subject. In March, he confirmed Stuttgart would like to keep Mavropanos for another season.

Earlier this month, Mislintat stated publicly that Stuttgart were in talks over the potential move, though he suggested a permanent transfer would be difficult.

Mavropanos himself has also said in public interviews that he can imagine spending another year with Stuttgart.

Kicker previously reported Arsenal were opening the door a bit for Konstantinos Mavropanos to stay in the Bundesliga next season. They added that Mislintat has legitimate hopes he can negotiate a loan with a purchase option.

Stuttgart paid €250k to sign Mavropanos on loan last summer, and he initially struggled with injuries at the start of the season. But he’s become a regular and one of the team’s top performers in recent months.

Mavropanos has shown some good form in 2021. He’s featured in Teams of the Week, he’s earned a senior international debut for Greece, and a nomination for Bundesliga Rookie of the Month in February.