Leicester City superstar James Maddison has decided to remain at the club amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to The Sun, James Maddison has opted to remain at Leicester despite speculations linking him to a move away from King Power Stadium this summer. It is believed that the Englishman has informed the club bosses that he wants to play for Leicester City next season, snubbing offers from both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the process.
This could serve as a massive boost for the Foxes, who have evidently struggled in attack following the departure of Riyad Mahrez last summer. And the potential sale of Maddison this summer could have left an even bigger hole in the creative department as Leicester aim for European places under Brendan Rodgers next season.
As for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, missing out on Maddison will surely be a huge disappointment. United, in particular, are keen to rebuild their attack following the lack of consistency from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata.
In addition, star midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a switch to Juventus and Real Madrid. The Frenchman is considered as the most influential creative midfielder for the Red Devils. And his departure could be a huge blow for United.
But, that’s where Maddison could have come into the fray. The 22-year-old was critical to Leicester’s ninth-placed finish in the league, having been involved in 14 league goals while providing the most key passes in the league. And his excellent chance creation coupled with his set-piece prowess could have been ideal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack-oriented game.
In addition, the Norwegian also wants to build his team around young British talents next season. In fact, the Red Devils have already completed the signing of Swansea star Daniel James and Maddison, to that end, would have been another fantastic addition to the squad.
As for Tottenham, they are also in need of reinforcements, especially in the creative department with Dele Alli and Erik Lamela struggling with injuries. Star playmaker Christian Eriksen has also been a subject of some serious interest from Real Madrid. And in the unlikely event of the Dane’s potential departure from Tottenham, Maddison could have been an excellent long-term replacement.
Furthermore, considering Mauricio Pochettino’s proficiency in nurturing talented young players, Maddison could have easily made an impact and possibly helped Spurs pose a strong threat for the Premier League crown next season.
For the meantime, however, both the clubs should shift their attention towards other available players in the market as they bid to add more quality to their respective rosters this summer. But one thing is for sure – Maddison will once again become a hot commodity in England next summer if he continues his blazing form at Leicester City.