James Maddison responds to reports he is a transfer target for Premier League posse
PUBLISHED: 15:15 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 23:22 20 April 2018
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James Maddison insists his head will not get turned by being touted as a mega-money transfer target for the Premier League’s finest.
The England Under-21 international’s stunning season at Norwich City has seen him linked with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and a host of other top flight clubs.
Maddison was mooted with a £17m move to Leicester City earlier this month, but plenty of speculation is swirling around the midfielder as a £20m-plus option in the summer for some of the biggest clubs in the land.
“It doesn’t affect me,” he said. “There will always be paper talk. I have been involved in paper talk since I was 16 at Coventry.
“When I was that young you could maybe say it was on my mind when a teenage lad sees his name in the paper getting linked with this or that club.
“I am grown up now and better prepared from going through those experiences and rumours.
“It is flattering to see but I play for Norwich City and I love playing for Norwich City.
“We still have three games to play and people might say we have nothing to play for but I want to finish as strongly as I can.
“I am on 15 goals now I want to be on 16 or 17 or 18 and more assists. I want the best possible season I can have and that is where all my focus is on now.
“I am not thinking that far ahead (next season). I am more reflective at present. I have played so many games and it has happened so fast for me. It has been some season for me.
“I have my family around me and that is a big help.
“Even if I was the type of guy who let all the rumours go to my head, I don’t think my Mum and Dad would let me go off track.
“I have a brilliant family around me. I say that all the time and they have been behind me from step one. They travel up and down the country and have barely missed a game this season and I just hope to keep making them proud.”