Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has shared a transfer admission involving midfielder James Maddison, amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
The Lowdown: Conte’s interest
According to football.london, Spurs manager Antonio Conte was in the market for a no.10 this summer.
Whilst Christian Eriksen and Jesse Lingard were of interest, the Lilywhites were keen on a move for Maddison.
However, the north London club were unwilling to match the Foxes’ £70m valuation of the 25-year-old. Consequently, the former England international remained at the King Power Stadium.
The Latest: Rodgers’ comments
Rodgers has accepted the fact that Premier League teams will reignite their interest in the attacking midfielder in January when the transfer window opens.
Consequently, football.london expect Tottenham to be back in for Maddison again this winter.
Speaking to the media about the speculation ahead of Leicester’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth, Rodgers claimed:
“I would think (there would be interest). My job is to coach him every day and make him the best he can be.
“What we’ve seen in the past is, sadly, players are linked with all sorts of clubs because an agent has to create a market, and then when it doesn’t come off, you see the player disappointed.
“It’s never been like that and James has been linked with loads of clubs. But he’s a realist. He also knows he’s in a good place to develop and learn, and he knows he can focus on day-to-day life and improve. What will be in the future will be, but it will only be on the back of playing well.”
The Verdict: Great signing
When looking at Maddison’s underlying stats, it could be argued the Leicester playmaker would make a brilliant no.10 in Conte’s starting XI.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the midfielder ranks in the 96th percentile for non-penalty goals, in the 89th percentile for assists and in the 86th percentile for shots total.
Therefore, it is likely we will see Spurs reignite their interest in the 25-year-old in January.
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