Leicester City’s summer transfer plans have been dealt a huge blow after PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke extended his contract at the Philips Stadion until 2025.
The Foxes have been heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old throughout the current window, but he’s now set to stay with the Dutch giants for the foreseeable future.
Director of Football Affairs John de Jong expressed his delight that Madueke will stay longer in Eindhoven, saying: “There was a lot of interest from foreign clubs in Noni, but we wanted to connect Noni to PSV even longer.
“After good talks with Noni and his family, he succeeded in extending his contract until 2025. We as a club are very happy that Noni will stay, and we look forward to a successful collaboration.”
Madueke arrived at PSV when he was just 16 after being released by boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur and has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most exciting young forwards since.
The London-born attacker contributed nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances for Roger Schmidt’s charges last term, earning praise from several plaudits, including former PSV ace Tommie van de Leegte.
“He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions,” said Van de Leegte (via Goal).
And after an incredible start to the new campaign saw him contribute to seven goals in just nine outings in all competitions, a move back to his homeland was widely tipped for the England Under-21 international.
However, Madueke’s decision to put pen to paper on fresh terms means a move to the Premier League is off the cards for the £14.4m-rated wizard, likely leaving Leicester fans gutted.
The departures of Rachid Ghezzal and Cengiz Under have left an ageing Marc Albrighton as the only natural right-winger in Brendan Rodgers’ first-team squad, but the Northern Irish tactician will be forced to move onto his next transfer target following Madueke’s decision to stay put.