Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony appears to have put to bed rumours linking Marcus Maddison with Aston Villa, during an interview with the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
Maddison has been on Villa’s radar for some time, and the claret and blues even sent Brian Little to watch the winger earlier this season.
However, MacAnthony feels that Villa won’t be stepping up their interest in the 23-year-old.
He said: “Brian Little came to watch two games, and Marcus wasn’t great in them. I could never see Villa buying him. I don’t think they would be brave enough.”
Maddison has largely been in excellent form for Posh this term, but his future at the ABAX Stadium is in doubt.
Maddison’s contract at Posh expires at the end of next season, and he is yet to put pen to paper on new terms.
MacAnthony conceded that Peterborough may no longer be able to afford Maddison’s wages, which could force them into selling in the summer.
Maddison has scored eight goals and claimed 15 assists in 37 League One appearances this term.