Aberdeen’s hopes of bringing James Maddison back to Pittodrie on loan from Norwich City have been dashed after the midfielder told manager Alex Neil he wants to stay at Norwich and fight for a first team place.
The former Coventry City midfielder was a star performer for the Dons in the first half of the campaign with the highlight of his stay coming when he scored a fantastic injury time free kick to help the Dons beat Rangers 2-1 at Pittodrie.
Maddison returned to the English Championship club earlier this month but Dons manager Derek McInnes announced he expected the player to return.
However, City manager Neil confirmed this afternoon Maddison has expressed a desire to remain at Carrow Road rather than go out on loan again.
The Dons were anticipating the move and switched their attention to another midfielder earlier this week, signing Ryan Christie on loan for the rest of the season earlier from Celtic.
Christie is an experienced Premiership player and a talented midfielder but Dons supporters will be disappointed Maddison, who had become a cult hero among the support during his stay, is not returning.