Leicester City boss sends message to creative midfielder amid Man Utd transfer rumours

Leicester City head-coach Brendan Rodgers hopes that James Maddison will follow his lead and put pen on a paper to extend his contract with the foxes despite interest from Manchester United.

The midfielder has been stronly7 linked with a move to the 20-times English champions and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be confident of securing the services of the England international next summer.

James Maddison has spoken to ex-team-mate Harry Maguire about a move to the Red Devils and grew up as a United supporter in his childhood.

However, the Foxes are currently on an upward trajectory and nothing crystallises that more than Rodgers’ decision to turn down a move to the Gunners by signing a new long-term contract at the King Power Stadium.

The ex-Celtic head-coach was handed a new long-term contract to remove a release clause in which Leicester City feared would enable the North London club to appoint Brendan Rodgers.

And, after signing a new contract worth around £40m, Rodgers has urged the likes of James Maddison to do the same.

Asked about players like Maddison contemplating their futures, Rodgers replied: ‘Hopefully they’ll see how we’ve worked together here and the ambition I have for the club, will make them think in terms of where we want to go.

‘This is a club with big ambition, that’s why I’ve committed for such a long period, and once they’re here, they will hopefully feel that ambition and see the progress.’

Rodgers’ decision is a blow to the Gunners, who are seeking a quality manager to replace axed Unai Emery with Allegri has been also rumoured with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out a move to the Arsenal following his exit from the Spurs, while Mikel Arteta stays as a no.1 candidate.