Leicester have been handed a major boost over James Maddison, following comments by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The former Premier League forward has rejected claims that Arsenal could sign Leicester midfielder James Maddison this summer.
Agbonlahor does not believe that the Gunners would be able to offer Maddison as much money as Leicester in terms of wages and has ruled out any chance of the former Norwich man joining the Emirates stadium.
He told Football Insider:
“I don’t see that happening at all, to be honest.
“Leicester are in Europe, Arsenal aren’t. Leicester are a top-six team, Arsenal aren’t. I just don’t see that happening.
“Leicester can pay very big wages, I’ve heard from people there. Maddison will be on very good money and probably more than Arsenal can pay him, to be honest. For me, that transfer doesn’t happen. Not one bit.”
Rodgers will surely be buzzing by this news as Agbonalhor seemingly believes that Maddison would reject a transfer to Arsenal even if it got to the stage of speaking about personal terms.
The ex-Villa star does not think that the Gunners can match Leicester in terms of wages, which is why he does not see Maddison donning a red strip any time soon.
This is a credit to Leicester and the work they have done in recent seasons to establish themselves as contenders for the top six, with the club now potentially able to reject interest from big clubs for their key players.
Maddison did not enjoy a great end to the season as he struggled with injury and form, but there is no doubting the quality he possesses, in which manager Brendan Rodgers has dubbed him “immense” in the past.
The “absolutely outstanding” England international ended the campaign with 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for the Foxes, which is an improvement from the nine goals and three assists he managed the previous season.
This proves that he was able to take his game to another level, even if he did not end the campaign as he would have liked – with no goals or assists in his last eight Premier League matches after returning from injury.
The £110k-per-week magician still has plenty of room left for development at the age of 24.
This means that Rodgers still has the chance to coach him into becoming a better footballer, which is a tantalising prospect given that he has already been able to hit double figures for goals and assists in a season.
Therefore, the Foxes head coach will be delighted by this news as it could increase the chances of Maddison being his player going forward and give him the opportunity to continue working with the £49.5m-rated dynamo on the training pitch.