Maddison breaks silence on transfer links after Newcastle had ‘two official bids turned down’

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Maddison discusses Leicester Credit: PA Images
Maddison discusses Leicester Credit: PA Images

James Maddison has broken his silence on reports relating to his future at Leicester City after Newcastle United had bids rejected for him in the summer.

The 25-year-old has been a major asset to Leicester since the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

The Foxes finished fifth in back-to-back seasons before they struggled somewhat during the 2021/22 term.

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Leicester were clearly not as strong as they were in previous years but Maddison helped them finish eighth in the Premier League. He grabbed twelve goals and eight assists in the league.

After performing so well for the Foxes, there were bound to be clubs interested in him before long.

This was the case in the summer as Saudi-backed Newcastle United moved to sign Maddison.

The Magpies made two offers for Maddison with the second being worth around £45m including add-ons. 

Leicester quickly rejected this offer as they wanted £60m for the midfielder. Newcastle eventually walked away and they paid roughly that much to sign Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Maddison could get a move away from Leicester next summer:

“I’ve had a lot of fans messaging me about James Maddison, with questions about if he’s been unlucky to miss out on the England squad again, and if he would be more likely to get in the squad if he played for a big six club,” Romano wrote for Caught Offside.

“Gareth Southgate has his own ideas so I can’t say for sure, but personally I consider Maddison a really top player.

“There was interest from Newcastle with two official bids turned down during the summer, but Leicester needed him – then we will see what happens next summer.”

Maddison’s current contract is due to expire in 2024 so Leicester will not be able to demand £60m for him next summer if he does not pen an extension.

And if the Foxes carry on as they have done at the start of this campaign, it is hard to see Maddison wanting to extend his deal.

It was suggested earlier this summer that Maddison ‘wants to join’ Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur but he has suggested that the transfer window closing was a “relief”:

“After it shuts, I think there is a bit of a sigh of relief, especially some of the staff at football clubs,” Maddison told Sky Sports.

Maddison was later asked if he thinks Leicester City’s lack of summer signings gives current players the chance to shine: “I think it definitely can be.

“In tough times, you need your big players and your top players to grab the team. And stick the team on your back, at times.”

 

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