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Former Arsenal striker Mavididi told: With Montpellier you can earn England call

Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin is delighted with their swoop for Stephy Mavididi.

Montpellier splashed out to sign the striker permanently from Juventus after he impressed on-loan with Dijon last season. Nicollin approved a major €5.7m outlay by Montpellier to sign Mavididi last week.

The 22 year-old managed eight goals in 28 appearances for Dijon, with his form attracting interest across Europe. Nicollin admits he's delighted with their swoop and is convinced the former Arsenal striker now has every chance of breaking into the England squad in the future.

Nicolinn admits coach Michel Der Zakarian requested Mavididi's signing and aims to team him with fellow strikers Andy Delort and Gaetan Laborde.

"We are happy that he chose Montpellier to continue his career. It is a source of satisfaction for us to have taken a striker of this level who the coach had requested," he told the club's website via TMW.

"I hope that our pair of attackers can now become a trio, it will be up to the coach to find the right ideas to play with one, two or with all three. Together I hope one day, thanks to his work here, he may enter the English national team."

Now 22, Mavididi was last capped by England at U20 level. With Arsenal, Mavididi never made a competitive appearance, though enjoyed successful loan spells away at Preston North End and Charlton Athletic.

The striker did however make his senior debut with Juve in defeat to SPAL last season.

- updated July 6

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