Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has admitted that on loan Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unlikely to return to Portman Road for a further loan spell next season according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The 18 year old Arsenal academy product has endured a turbulent time at Portman Road since losing his place in the Ipswich Town side in February.

The winger’s performances at times this season have come in for some criticism from Ipswich Town supporters but manager Mick McCarthy has defended the youngster on a number of occasions. Earlier this month, Maitland-Niles’ Ipswich Town future was placed in doubt after the player’s mother voiced her opinions on the club’s treatment of her son after he was overlooked for first team selection.

Maitland-Niles has made 31 appearances for The Tractor Boys so far this season scoring twice but after losing his place in the side, Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that the player’s return to the club for a further loan spell next season is highly unlikely.

The young winger joined Arsenal at the age of six and made his senior debut for the club in December 2014 as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match against Turkish giants Galatasaray. Maitland-Niles has gone on to make three first team appearances for the club.

Maitland-Niles has also represented England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 levels.


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