James Maddison is reportedly ‘close’ to signing a new contract with Leicester despite interest in the midfielder from Manchester United.
Maddison has starred since making the move to the King Power Stadium from Norwich in 2018, developing into one of the best creative talents in the Premier League and earning his first senior international recognition for England against Montenegro last November.
The 23-year-old has been amongst the Foxes’ best performers this season as the club close in on a top four finish and Champions League qualification, Maddison scoring six goals and providing three assists for a Leicester side currently sitting third in the Premier League table.
The England international’s representatives are in advanced negotiations with Leicester over a new contract for Maddison, with the two parties hopeful an agreement can be reached in what would be a huge boost to Brendan Rodgers’ side.
According to the Telegraph, the club’s board are now hopeful of concluding a new deal for the player during the mid-season winter break, in what will prove to be a major blow for rival clubs eyeing a summer move.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are among the clubs to have been linked with a move for the playmaker during the summer, the latter said to be particularly keen as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to add emerging, British talent to his squad.
Should Leicester secure Maddison to a new and improved deal in the coming weeks, it would be a huge statement of intent from Rodgers’ side and leave any interested club needing to pay a substantial fee to secure his services.