Report: Celtic-linked winger Charis Mavrias to leave Sunderland for Panathinaikos return

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Sunderland winger Charis Mavrias is reportedly set to return to Panathinaikos.

After an uneventful time with Sunderland, Greek winger Charis Mavrias will leave the North East to return to former club Panathinaikos, according to the Daily Star.

Mavrias, 20, joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos back in 2013, with Paolo Di Canio bringing him to the Stadium of Light as a winger for the future.

However, he played just 150 minutes of Premier League football last season, and hasn't featured at all this term, becoming the forgotten man under Gus Poyet.

With three caps for the Greek senior team as well as 37 appearances for his country at youth level, Mavrias is highly regarded back in Greece - and appears set for a return.

The Daily Star report that Mavrias will head back to Panathinaikos on loan for the rest of the season, when his situation on Wearside will be reviewed again in the summer.

Recent reports from the Sunderland Echo suggested that Mavrias had become a target for Scottish giants Celtic ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

However, the Bhoys don't seem set to make a move, leaving Mavrias to return to Panathinaikos, where he started his career as a 13-year-old before making 54 first team appearances for the club - and maybe a move back there will rekindle his best form.

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