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Would United move really be best for Maddison?

16th September 2019, 18:06 by Neil Foster

James Maddison is reportedly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target for Manchester United but, money aside, would he really want to leave the Foxes?

The 22-year-old is one of the hottest properties in the English game after leaping to the attention of the big clubs following last season’s displays.

The talented youngster scored seven Premier League goals and was a bright spark in the middle of the park for the East Midlanders, with England boss Gareth Southgate calling him up on a couple of occasions.

Maddison has yet to make his Three Lions debut, however, despite strong rumours he would play some part during the recent international break.

It remains to be seen if the Red Devils do follow through on their reported interest and make what will doubtless need to be a huge bid for the player next summer.

It will be tough for Brendan Rodgers to keep hold of the schemer as he could earn considerably more at Old Trafford but, with the way the two clubs are currently moving, would it be the best thing for his career?

There is a general consensus that Leicester are on the up and one of the clubs that might stand a chance of breaking into the top six.

A 1-0 loss to United on Saturday ended their unbeaten start to the campaign but the game proved that Rodgers’ side are more than a match for Solskjaer’s men after they bossed large periods of the game.

Having claimed the Premier League title in 2015-2016, Leicester is now a club firmly on the map and there seems every reason to suggest more big-name stars will flock to King Power Stadium if the good times continue.

Maddison is one of the players that the team would be built around in the coming years if he stayed, while moving to a club the size of United could be an unknown quantity.

With the instability after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer might not be around for too long if things do not go well and the new man at the helm might not fancy Maddison.

There is also the possibility he will not play as regularly as he would at Leicester – further denting his England hopes.

In football, the grass always seems greener, especially when the bank balance is concerned, but Maddison may find he has more chance of winning trophies and gaining recognition if he stays just where he is.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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