Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said his club have started talks with James Maddison over a new contract.
The 25-year-old playmaker has two years left on his current contract but this summer attracted interest from Newcastle, who failed to win him with a £40million bid.
Maddison is one of the Foxes’ star players and the club are keen to avoid him entering the final year of his contract next summer.
When asked if there was dialogue between the two parties, Rodgers said, “I think so, I think they spoke. Yes, Jon (Rudkin, Director of Football) has spoken to them a number of times, yes.
“I’m pretty sure that’s what the club want to do (tie him down). Both sides must be able to agree.
“With James having two years left, obviously the club wants to protect the fortune. But it works both ways.
“Sometimes it all depends on the club. If a player, I’m not saying James, doesn’t want to sign it, then there can be a stalemate.
“But absolutely, he is an outstanding player and of course Leicester City would benefit from keeping him longer.”
Maddison, who will be eyeing a place in England’s World Cup squad, has started the season well for the Foxes and Rodgers says there has been no change in him following interest from Newcastle.
“He was brilliant. He’s a first class player. Arsenal, in the spells where he had the ball, he looked like the most dangerous player,” he said.
“He scored a very good goal. For me, James is still the same. He is improving, developing and happy.
“Obviously he’s a top player at this level, so people will be interested in him, but I haven’t noticed any change in him.”
Rodgers also expects Wesley Fofana to still be at the club after the transfer window closes.
The defender has been the subject of two offers from Chelsea but both have been rejected and nothing new has arrived in the last 10 days.
Rodgers has been adamant all along that Fofana is not for sale and doesn’t expect to lose him in the next two weeks.
“I’m not thinking that far ahead, the idea is that he’s a Leicester City player,” he said.
“He’s not for sale, the club have made that clear if that doesn’t change I would expect him to be here.
“There is currently nothing new at this moment and nothing has changed since we last spoke.”
There were reports that the 21-year-old had asked Leicester to accept a lower fee while Rodgers had denied the player had made a transfer request.
To clear up the speculation, the boss added: “Yes I can, he hasn’t. He’s a great kid. He is loved by his teammates.
“He’s a great personality. He’s still developing. He’s far from the finished article.
“We spoke countless times about the whole situation and of course we had a private conversation. Our communication is normal and we just keep preparing for the games.
“It’s a challenge for any player and for clubs at this time when the window is open and there’s a lot of speculation and a lot of noise that comes with that and for a young player in particular – 21 – all the speculation that surrounds him to have .
“That’s why we’re here to help and enlighten him on how to deal with all these rumours. The focus is very much on the team and getting them ready for the weekend.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/brendan-rodgers-leicester-james-maddison-newcastle-wesley-fofana-b2148136.html Brendan Rodgers says Leicester have started contract talks with James Maddison