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Man Utd transfer news: Brendan Rodgers speaks out on James Maddison rumours | Football | Sport


Brendan Rodgers has admitted he could “understand” if James Maddison were to want to leave Leicester for a club like Liverpool or Manchester United.

The 22-year-old playmaker has become a key player for Leicester since joining the Midlands outfit in June 2018 from Norwich for around £20million.

Maddison has produced eight goals and nine assists in his 44 appearances for the Foxes and earned call-ups to the senior England squad, although he is yet to be handed his first cap.

And his performances have caught the attention of a number of clubs, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United tipped to make a move for the attacking midfielder in the region of £70million to £80m.

Liverpool have also previously had firm interest in Maddison, with club legends Jamie Carragher and Steve Nicol among those who have implored Jurgen Klopp to keep tabs on the No 10.

And Rodgers, who was Liverpool manager himself from June 2012 to October 2015, admits he can understand why a move to Anfield or Old Trafford would appeal to Maddison.

“I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club,” Rodgers declared, when asked about the rumours surrounding Maddison.

“Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. 

“There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs. 

“There are other great clubs that are trying to catch them up but those two, in my experience, are a level above.

“So whenever a player gets an opportunity to go to a club like that, to experience that type of pressure, that expectation – and of course there’ll be a financial side to it as well, let’s be real – that as a package in a short career is maybe something that is too hard to turn down.

“I understand it, I get it. 

“What we’re building here is exciting in how we’re trying to progress and with the new training ground and everything else, however, for lots of players, that draw is still there and I understand it.”

Maddison has one goal and two assists in his six appearances so far this season, having scored in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win against Newcastle.

Tottenham are another club said to have shown interest in him and it is Spurs whom Leicester face next this weekend at the King Power Stadium (Saturday, 12.30pm). 



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