Everyone’s a winner as Maddison departs City for Leicester early in summer window
Tying up James Maddison’s big-money move early in the summer transfer window was important for both Leicester and Norwich City.
The 21-year-old playmaker’s expected Premier League exit has finally been confirmed, with the Foxes paying in excess of £20million, in a deal which could be worth up to £24m with add-ons.
League One side Coventry will be due a chunk of the profit from City’s record sale thanks to a sell-on fee from the initial deal worth £3m back in January 2016 but speed was of the essence for the Canaries.
That followed Maddison injuring his knee on the final day of his brilliant last campaign, which brought 15 goals and 11 assists from 49 games, leaving the 21-year-old with a busy off-season to make sure he was ready for pre-season.
“I think it benefits everyone, the earlier it’s done to be honest,” Maddison said. “Especially the manager, if you think of it from his point of view, he’d obviously prefer to get his signings in earlier rather than later.
“That gives him a full pre-season to work with them and get the squad really knitted together.”
While that benefits Leicester boss Claude Puel the money received allows Canaries head coach Daniel Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber to continue remodelling their squad now that top-flight parachute payments have finished.
Maddison is just concentrating on finding full fitness, with an opening day trip to Manchester United in mind.
“It’s a big thing when you come to a new place, you want to get to get on with everyone and you want to get on with all of the staff,” he continued.
“From the staff I have met and a couple of the players, it’s been really good and really promising. I will have to get myself right physically and I am looking forward to cracking on, meeting all the lads and getting playing.”
He is also hoping to add to his three England U21 caps – with a game against Holland at Carrow Road approaching in September.
There is no better feeling,” he told the Foxes’ website, of his international recognition.
“It’s something that I have always strived towards and I have always felt I had a chance and, if I showcased by ability on a good level, then I’d be able to take that opportunity.”
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