James Maddison urged to reject Man Utd transfer and stay at Leicester
Sept. 13, 2019
Manchester United target James Maddison should stay at Leicester for now, says Stuart Pearce.
James Maddison should reject any approach from Manchester United in January and stay at Leicester, according to Stuart Pearce.
Maddison has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the mid-season window.
But Pearce believes the attacking midfielder would be better off staying with Leicester for the time being.
“I think he’s an improving talent,” Pearce said on The Debate.
“I think from his point of view at this moment in time, he’s working with a wonderful manager in Brendan Rodgers.
“I think it’s perfect for him to stay at Leicester .
“I wouldn’t suggest that he leaves Leicester at the moment.
“He’s probably started the season as good and as strong as he has ever been as a footballer.
“For me I think he’s got to stay put.
“Will he be an asset to other teams if he keeps improving? Yes he will.
“But I think at this moment in time, for his sake, he’s better off at Leicester.”
Maddison was part of the England squad for the two recent qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo but remained on the bench.
And his club manager Rodgers believes the 22-year-old has to remain patient and concentrate on performing in the Premier League.
"He doesn’t need to force it, just play well for Leicester and that’s all you can ever control,” Rodgers said.
"When you go there, he knows he’s a top player and Gareth [Southgate] has a lot of good players, so it’s just a case of going, doing your best and fitting into what the team needs.
"He has intelligence. What he is improving on all the time is his tactical idea of the game.
"What he has is incredible ability and he is making improvements to his game.
"He is a really exciting player, you can see the level and quality of his passing.
"He is a big talent."