Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Rodgers expects Leicester to rebuff Maddison offers after England return

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 24 Dec 2022

28 Views

Brendan Rodgers anticipates Leicester City will rebuff any offers tabled for James Maddison in the January transfer window.

The England international has been a standout performer for the Foxes this term, and has been their brightest light amid a poor 2022-23 campaign to date.

Maddison was crucial to the pre-break revival enjoyed by Leicester, earning a recall to the Three Lions fold and a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad too.

His rising stock, therefore, is likely to attract bids during the new year, but Rodgers expects the club to keep hold of their man and knock back any approaches.

“I’ve been given no indication that we have to do anything with James in January,” he stated. “He’s someone I want to keep here.

“When you have good players, it’s a good sign. They’ll always be coveted by other teams. That’s OK, I’m confident those players will be here. My focus is on improving the squad. That’s what I want to do.”

Maddison himself is only just returning to action with Leicester following a post-Qatar 2022 breather, after England were edged by ultimate finalists France in the last eight.

Speaking at the World Darts Championship as a guest of Sky Sports, the 26-year-old acknowledged Southgate’s men felt they could go the distance, while hailing the squad the latter has put together.

“The World Cup came to a disappointing end, in the end,” he added. “There was a real feel we were going to go all the way and win it, to be honest. It wasn’t to be – we lost to a very good France side.

“The group’s so good. I’ve had a few years out of the squad, so there’s a few faces I didn’t know. It’s quite a young group, so it was easy to transition back in.

“It’s such an easy group to go into and be yourself, express yourself. That’s why, even though I didn’t get any minutes, when we went out, I was devastated. You build up such a bond.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

Become a Writer
More More
Top
1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x