Dean Windass has exclusively told Football FanCast that he thinks James Maddison is happy at Leicester and moving to Arsenal would be a “backwards step”.
According to the Daily Mail, Mikel Arteta’s side have made the 24-year-old midfielder their top summer target as they look to replace Martin Odegaard, who recently returned to Real Madrid.
Maddison enjoyed another impressive season for the Foxes, scoring 11 goals and chipping in with 10 assists to help Leicester qualify for Europe once again and win their first ever FA Cup.
His impressive form, though, wasn’t enough to convince Gareth Southgate, with the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all picked ahead of the former Norwich man, who’s still sitting on just one England cap.
Maddison only committed his long-term future to Leicester less than 12 months ago, and the report believes that Arsenal would be willing to pay around £60m for his services.
But whilst Arsenal might offer stature and history, Leicester have finished above the Gunners in each of the last two seasons and are on the up, whilst Arteta’s men are on the back of failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in over two decades.
Therefore, Windass told Football FanCast that Maddison is content with what he’s got:
“I think James is happy. He would be well happy there, him and Brendan Rodgers look as if they get on well, he’s got that link with Jamie Vardy.
“You would want to go to Arsenal, everyone would, but I think it would be a backwards step.”