Man Utd feel James Maddison will ‘move to Old Trafford within the next year’ | Football | Sport
The former Norwich and Coventry midfielder has impressed in the Premier League since signing for the Foxes last year, but is yet to make his full international debut.
The Red Devils are keen to bolster their options by bringing the 22-year-old to the club in the summer, which will see him join former team-mate Harry Maguire.
The Athletic have claimed that sources close to the club expect a deal to get over the line within the next year, but others think a new deal at Leicester may come first in order to protect their investment.
Despite the regular links, former England striker Emile Heskey thinks Maddison may snub a move to United as his former club continue to impress under Brendan Rodgers.
“Leicester are under no pressure to sell Maddison and I expect they’ll fight off any interest,” Heskey told Bwin.
“They don’t need the money and I think it’s fully in Rodgers’ hands whether he leaves or not.
“Rodgers will want Maddison to stay and I don’t think there is any reason for Maddison to want to move elsewhere when he is getting support and lots of game-time at the club.
“Rodgers will be building his game plans around Maddison, which means that Maddison suits what Rodgers wants to do at Leicester.
“He looks confident and happy, so I doubt he’ll be having any thoughts on leaving.
“Clubs are always going to enquire, as they do with any top talent, but Leicester have become a more attractive proposition and I’m confident he will stay.”
When asked whether his star player could leave the club during the summer transfer window, Rodgers remained calm about the situation, but admitted that interest is likely.
“I don’t worry,” said the Northern Irishman when asked about Maddison’s possible exit. “It’s natural in the game, it’s going to happen.
“If you’re at one of the so-called top clubs, you’ll always look elsewhere for the best players, and when you’re a club like Leicester you’ll always be in danger of losing your top players. That’s football.
“All we can do is create an environment here for them to develop and improve and then if something happens in the future that’s out of your control, then that’s the way it works.
“I tend not to worry so much, I just focus on making them the best they can be and if they then move on, that’s how it works.”