Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed James Maddison is on the verge of agreeing new terms on his contract in a blow to Manchester United’s summer transfer plans. Maddison has been on United’s radar for several months now with the midfielder impressing in the Premier League this season.
Leicester snapped up Maddison in 2018 and has since established himself as one of England’s brightest talents.
He made his England debut in the 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro in November, coming on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half.
Maddison is expected to be involved in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships, but the 23-year-old will also be a big talking point in the transfer market.
United were hoping to land Maddison in the January transfer window, but Leicester made it clear the player wasn’t going to be sold midway through the season.
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They’re expected to make a more formal approach in the summer though with multiple reports suggesting Maddison favours a move to Old Trafford.
Rodgers though indicates that isn’t necessarily the case.
Leicester have been locked in negotiations over a new contract for Maddison to bump up his wages and ward off any potential suitors.
And the Foxes boss claims Maddison has indicated to him that his intentions are to eventually sign a new deal at the King Power Stadium.
“It has been ongoing with the club and his representatives,” Rodgers said.
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“The boy is very happy, he wants to be here and he sees this as the club he can develop at. I am hopeful it will be done.
“He loves football, he genuinely does. He loves the game and practising and talking about football.
“On Wednesday, he was out doing extra finishing exercises.
“He is on a great learning curve and is a boy who wants to get to the very highest level.
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“He has made a rapid rise from League One into the Premier League and he is constantly developing.”
Leicester are enjoying an incredible season under Rodgers with the club currently sitting third in the table.
They have faced tough fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks but have a good run of fixtures to cement their place in the top four.
Leicester in action tonight against Maddison’s former team Norwich with Kelechi Iheanacho and Hamza Choudhury available for selection.
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