James Maddison reveals his simple maxim if Premier League big boys come calling

James Maddison is ready for a summer of transfer speculation. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

James Maddison is ready for a summer of transfer speculation. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

James Maddison will be the master of his own destiny this summer.

Norwich City's prodigiously talented young midfielder could have his pick of Premier League suitors if the endless speculation turns into firm interest.

Maddison was touted with Liverpool and Tottenham when he left Coventry City, but the 21-year-old plumped for the Canaries – and has not looked back.

'I think I have got a good instinct and a good feeling.

'That is why I came to Norwich,' he said. 'Some people perhaps questioned that decision after the first season when I went out on loan.


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'I have come good this season and looking back I could not have made a better decision.

'If something does arise and I have to make a decision I know I will make the right one for me and I trust myself to make that.

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'I am not naïve. I am 21, not 18. I have learnt to take the rumours for what they are.

'You can't control that, you can only go on what you are given at a certain point in time. At the minute, I am here, I am enjoying life.'

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Maddison was signed by Alex Neil and comes face-to-face with the Scot in Saturday's trip to play-off chasing Preston. Deepdale holds special memories for the England Under-21 after scoring on his Championship debut last season.

'I think the relationship, player to manager, was very good,' he said.

'I got on with Alex well and I was grateful he was the manager who brought me to the club. On the other hand, he didn't really play me and I had to go out on loan. We had the likes of (Wes) Hoolahan, (Alex) Pritchard and (Steven) Naismith and I was a year younger, which you have to take into consideration.

'It is nothing I am holding over him.

'I will say hello and he is a really nice guy.

'To score at Preston (last season) with my Mum and Dad and little brother in the crowd was one of the best feelings I have had.

'For Alan (Irvine) to give me a chance off the bench was great. To come back and make three appearances off the bench last season was one thing, but to kick on like I did exceeded my own expectations - and I am not a lad who lacks for self-belief.'

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