Iranian heads back to Charlton after Middle East move collapses

Will he stay or will he go? Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Will he stay or will he go? Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad.

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Reza Ghoochannejhad is set to resume training with Charlton tomorrow after a move to an unknown Middle Eastern outfit fell through.

The Iranian World Cup star looked set to complete the switch after asking to leave, a suggestion the Addicks board accepted.

However, negotiations broke down and the player is heading back to The Valley for talks with Bob Peeters in the morning.

The head coach confirmed after tonight’s 1-0 defeat at Ebbsfleet: “Normally he starts training tomorrow but apparently there was a transfer to the Middle East.

“Now there is no transfer anymore and he comes back tomorrow.

“I will have a chat with him because he deserved a rest after the World Cup but I will talk to him about what his plans are because for me it is important if players come back they want to be at Charlton.

“If you don’t want to be at Charlton then you don’t need to train with the first team. He needs to tell me whether he stays or not.

“That’s the most important thing because we have a very good group, we have a competitive team and we are building a very competitive team so we only want players who are 100 percent with their heads at Charlton.

“If he wants to go OK he deserves it and I wish him the best of luck. If he wants to come in and just be fit and go for a transfer then he needs to train with the U21s.”

Peeters was then pressed for an explanation as to why the move had not gone through, but the head coach could throw little light on the situation.

He said: “The only thing I knew is that he asked our board to go for a transfer.

“We said he deserved it and could go but now he comes back in so I need a chat with him tomorrow.

“We will see what happens but for me it is important that if he gives me a sign he wants to be involved and he wants to start in the project we are building then I’m very happy with him because he is a very good player.

“He can be a very good player.

“But if he just comes back because the deal is not done yet then I don’t want him in my squad.”

Peeters was then asked to reveal the identity of the mystery Middle Eastern club, a question which again drew a blank response.

“I don’t know,” the Belgian said.

“The only thing I know is I got the message today that he is coming in tomorrow.

“Hopefully he will stay because I think we can use him but he needs to be 100 percent in his head and willing to play for Charlton.

“As I said from the start when we sign players we want players who want to be here and go 100 percent for Charlton.

“It is the same with people who are already here.

“For me it is important even if he gives me the sign I want to stay and I want to work as hard as possible to be in the team then we will be very happy and welcome him with open arms.”

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