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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has opened up on James Maddison’s future amid Manchester United interest.
Maddison has been linked with the move to Old Trafford since last summer. Though the move did not materialise during the last two transfer windows, the Red Devils still have the midfielder on their wish-list. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old is reported to be in talks over a new contract with the Foxes.
Asked on contract talks with Maddison, Rodgers replied: “It has been ongoing with the club and his representatives. 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. He has made a rapid rise from League One into the Premier League and he is constantly developing.”
Speaking on the midfielder, the Foxes boss said: “He’s a player we’re very keen to remain here and help us on this journey over these next numbers of years. He’s a very talented young player that has a lot of development to make over the coming years. He recognises this is a great place for him to be, and gives him that opportunity to flourish and develop.”
What concerns the transfer speculation over the English professional, Rodgers added:
“There’s no message (to Manchester United). There’s lots of speculation around lots of our players, which is great, because they’re talents and it means they and the team are doing very well. There’s no pressure to sell here and there’s no need for us to sell. Our idea is to keep the squad together and ask: ‘Can we add to it rather than diminish the quality?’ You’re talking speculation. I don’t talk about speculation and gossip.”