James Maddison responds to reports he is a transfer target for Premier League posse

James Maddison is being linked to a host of Premier League clubs. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Ima

James Maddison is being linked to a host of Premier League clubs. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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.


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'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.

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'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.'

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