James Maddison update arrives from Leicester as boss discusses January stance and NUFC interest

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers claims he’s received ’no indication’ that the club may be forced to sell James Maddison in the January window amid Newcastle interest.

There has been rumours that the Foxes may be forced to cash in on the attacking midfielder – who has 18 months left on his contract – in the coming weeks due to a lack of funds. 

However, the 49-year-old has now revealed that he feels ‘confident’ that his best players, including Maddison, will remain at the club beyond the next transfer window. 

Despite not wanting to sell his star man, Rodgers believes that the Magpies won’t shy away from spending in order to ‘strengthen their squad’ in January and ‘will have the motivation to stay there’. 

It is not unexpected that the former Liverpool boss will want to keep hold of the 26-year-old, but it does suggest that it may not be quite as easy to prize him away from the East Midlands club. 

Asked if he’d received any assurances that his star man won’t be sold next month, Rodgers had this to say:

“I’ve been given no indication that we have to do anything with James in January.

The key focus is getting him fit and getting him out on to the field again. He (James Maddison) is someone who I want to keep here.

“He is a top player and I have been given no indication that we have to do anything (sell him) with James in January. I don’t think anything changes on that front.

“My focus is on improving the squad and that is what I want to do.

“I don’t know (whether Newcastle United are still trying to buy James Maddison), ask Newcastle United, not me.

“When you have good players it (interest from other clubs) is a good sign. They will always be coveted by other teams.

“I’m confident those players will (still) be here (after the January 2023 window).

Newcastle United have signed players who have improved the dynamic of their team. They are trying to build something there and they will improve, they will get better.

“I am sure they will strengthen their squad (in January) and they will have the motivation to stay there (near the top of the Premier League).”

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