VFB Stuttgart signs Konstantinos Mavropanos

Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart have confirmed they have agreed on a deal to sign Konstantinos Mavropanos on a permanent transfer from Arsenal.

Mavropanos has spent the last two years on loan at Stuttgart, where he has become a regular on their side. After a loan spell at Nurnberg the year before, it was clear the Greek defender didn’t have a future at the club.

The Stuttgart defender has now signed an agreement to stay at the club until 2025 after they triggered a clause in his loan move contract that allowed them to sign him on a permanent transfer.

The defender joined Arsenal from Pas Giannina in 2018 but failed to convince manager Mikel Arteta and was sent out on loan to Nurnberg before joining Stuttgart.

The Greece international has promised to continue giving his best at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and paid tribute to the trust and affection he received from everyone at the club.

Mavropanos told Stuttgart’s official website: “I’ve always given my best and will continue to give my best for this great club.

“The trust of the management and the affection of the fans in Stuttgart serve as a great motivation for me.”

Mavropanos only managed a mere total of eight senior appearances at Arsenal in the last four years.

But the 24-year-old has been revived at Stuttgart and played a crucial role in helping the Reds confirm their Bundesliga status for next season, scoring five goals and adding an assist in 33 matches this term.

The Greek ace has amassed a total of 55 appearances across all competitions in the last two years with the club.

Stuttgart sporting director – and former head of Arsenal recruitment – Sven Mislintat is delighted with the development and sang Mavropanos’ praises.

Mislintat said: “Dinos brings an enormous amount of strength and willpower to our game and has proven himself at a high level physically.”

Mavropanos made eight appearances overall for Arsenal, being sent off away to Leicester in his third outing at the end of the 2017-18 campaign after he joined from PAS Giannina midway through that season.

“We thank Dinos for his contribution and wish him all the best with Stuttgart,’ an official club statement from the Gunners read.

“The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, with the registration for Dinos to officially become a Stuttgart player completing on July 1 2022.”

Boss Mikel Arteta has cleared out plenty of unwanted players since taking over the reins and continues to do so with this departure.

The Gunners squad is now looking incredibly thin, and it is expected they’ll be dipping into the transfer market this summer to bolster their options.