James Maddison has today spoken out over his future, amid mounting links between the Leicester star and Manchester United.
Maddison, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder, only made the move to the King Power Stadium last summer, on the back of a stellar campaign in the Championship with Norwich City.
And, despite his lack of Premier League experience, the Coventry youth product subsequently went on to take to the rigours of top-flight football like a duck to water.
Maddison played a crucial role in Leicester’s top-half finish, starting in all but 3 of the Foxes’ Premier League outings.
He also racked up a none-too-shabby 7 goals and 7 assists in the league alone, with the midfielder’s wicked set-piece delivery and free-kick prowess having lit up the King Power throughout the campaign.
Perfectly showcasing just how impressive a creative outlet Maddison proved over the course of the season was the following statistic:
James Maddison created the most chances (100) and scored more direct free-kicks (3) than any other player during the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Does those sort of stats remind you of anyone? 🎯 pic.twitter.com/f5YnhtKMKX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 3, 2019
Man United keen
Maddison’s creative streak, meanwhile, has since carried into the beginning of the new season, with 2 assists in Leicester’s first 4 outings.
And it is this consistent excellence which has inevitably led to links between the midfielder and some of England’s top clubs.
The outfit most persistently-named as keen suitors of Maddison over the summer, meanwhile, were Manchester United.
United in pole position to sign Maddison ✍️
Leicester value player at close to £60m 💰
City, Liverpool and Tottenham all retain interest 👀
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 3, 2019
‘Worked my way up’
As such, speaking in an interview with the Mirror earlier today, the Leicester standout was questioned on his future, amid the speculation linking him with a potential move to one of the Premier League’s heavyweights.
And Maddison went on to admit that he has his sights set firmly on testing his talents ‘at the highest level’ possible:
‘I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to.’
‘I like to think I’ve my head screwed on with the transfers I’ve made. I’ve played League One, in Scotland, the Championship and the Premier League. I worked my way up.’