James Maddison comments on Tottenham Hotspur speculation

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Leicester City midfielder James Maddison was reportedly wanted by Tottenham Hotspur when he was 16 years of age and was at Coventry City.

James Maddison of Leicester City jokes with Philip Billing of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth  at The King Power Stadium on August 31,...

Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison has told The Telegraph how he reacted to speculation that Tottenham Hotspur wanted him when he was at Coventry City.

The 22-year-old started his professional club football career at Coventry before moving to Norwich City in 2016.

The England international was signed by Leicester from Norwich in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £20 million.

 

The youngster has reflected on the time when he was linked with Tottenham when he was 16 years of age and was at Coventry, as reported in The Telegraph.

Maddison told The Telegraph: “I once came in from a training season and someone had texted me that they’d seen in The Coventry Telegraph that Maddison was going to Tottenham.

“I texted my agent and said, ‘Am I? Am I going to Tottenham?’ I wasn’t. From then I knew: you just focus on football.”

James Maddison of Leicester City warms up prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth  at The King Power Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Leicester, United...

Future Tottenham Hotspur move?

Maddison has been superb for Leicester and has proved himself to be a Premier League player.

Tottenham could well be interested in the youngster in the coming years, as the North London will need someone to succeed Christian Eriksen eventually.

Last season, Maddison made 35 starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League for Leicester, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

So far this campaign, the 22-year-old has made four appearances in the Premier League for the Foxes, providing two assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

James Maddison of Leicester City acknowledges the fans has he is substituted during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on August...

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