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2019-09-19 16:40:39

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has accepted that a potential move to Manchester United could be ‘too hard to turn down’ for James Maddison.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has his eye set on a 2020 swoop for the England playmaker, who has two assists to his name already in the Premier League this season.


James Maddison has caught the attention of big clubs already this season

The Red Devils boss is eager to land the brightest British talents in the game, having already acquired Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maddison’s former team-mate Harry Maguire over the summer.

And now Maddison, believed to be valued at around the £70m mark, is the Norwegian’s next target in sight.

The Foxes will be reluctant to lose Maddison anytime soon though, having only signed him in a £24million move from Norwich last summer.

However, Rodgers understands that the 22-year-old will have a dilemma on his hands should a club of United or Liverpool’s stature come calling for his services when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

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Brendan Rodgers accepts it would be difficult for Maddison to turn down a potential move to Manchester United

“I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club,” he explained.

“Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far.

“There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.

“There are other great clubs that are trying to catch them up but those two, in my experience, are a level above.”

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He added: “Whenever a player gets an opportunity to go to a club like that, to experience that type of pressure, that expectation – and of course there’ll be a financial side to it as well, let’s be real – that as a package in a short career is maybe something that is too hard to turn down.

“I understand it, I get it.”


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