It has been widely reported over the past few weeks that Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo is attracting interest from a number of clubs, with Championship side Aston Villa reportedly leading the chase.
Now, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has said that he is hoping that young midfield star Joe Aribo will put pen to paper on a new deal after the Addicks won promotion to the Championship thanks to a dramatic win against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to The Sunday Post, Bowyer said after the game:
“And Joe Aribo, I’m hoping he will now sign, and that he stays and keeps learning.”
Aribo is out of contract at the end of the season and given his impressive form over the course of the 2018/19 League One season, he has attracted significant interest from a host of clubs. The midfielder scored 10 goals and provided five assists in all competitions.
Premier League trio Manchester City, Arsenal and Southampton have been credited with interest in Aribo, as have Championship duo Aston Villa and Stoke City. French side Rennes have also been linked with a move for the Addicks midfielder, along with Scottish Premiership winners Celtic.
But, after the club’s promotion, Bowyer is hoping that Aribo will instead opt to remain at The Valley, despite no ongoing contract talks taking place at the moment. The club’s promotion will surely boost their chances of keeping Aribo, with the bargaining chip of almost guaranteed Championship football now on their side after Sunday’s win over Sunderland at Wembley.