'It was a hard decision to leave Norwich' - James Maddison opens up on Carrow Road exit
PUBLISHED: 14:06 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 16 August 2018
James Madddison admitted it was a wrench to leave Norwich City - but the prodigious talent is now setting his sights on an England call up.
Maddison sealed a club record move to Leicester City this summer and sparkled on his Premier League debut in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.
The 21-year-old could make a return to Carrow Road next month with the Young Lions’ but stepping up into Gareth Southgate’s plans is the target.
“My first aim is to become a regular at Leicester but of course the dream is to play for England in a World Cup, it’s the absolute pinnacle,” said Maddison, with Southgate in attendance last week at Old Trafford.
“Gareth’s not afraid to throw young players in, look at the average age of the squad now.
“You can’t rule it out, I’ve set myself short-term targets and that would be the aim.
“I think it is a real positive that Gareth has brought the seniors and under-21s closer together. When you train at St. George’s Park, you’re in the gym and on the bikes with the first team – there’s no separation and it’s all integrated.
“It’s a good time to be an under-21s player.”
Maddison, speaking to the Telegraph, insisted the reported £21m price tag does not bring any added pressure.
“That’s irrelevant to me. If you think about the money aspect, you get derailed from what you should be focused on,” he said.
“It was a hard decision to leave Norwich and you have to take into account a lot of things – could I make the step up, do I want to have another season of really showing what I can do?
“You weigh up all those things and Leicester was the right move for me. I can tell I’m at the right place.”