Norwich City youngster James Maddison open to extending loan at Aberdeen

James Maddison could extend his loan deal at Aberdeen.

James Maddison could extend his loan deal at Aberdeen. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

James Maddison would be happy to extend his loan spell at Aberdeen if Alex Neil feels it is best for his development.

The 20-year-old has become a fans' favourite at Pittodrie but his loan deal is due to expire at the start of January.

Neil and his opposite number at Abderdeen, Derek McInnes, are due to hold discussions over Maddison's immediate future and the former Coventry man is open to staying north of the border.

'I've enjoyed every minute of being here, I've got exactly what I wanted coming here,' he said.

'If I did go back in January I would go back a better player especially with the help of the manager and the team.

'That's a conversation I'm sure Alex Neil and Derek McInnes will have at some point. I haven't really thought about it because there's been so many games.

'I just want to play football, I love football, it's my job and I want to play games. I think Alex Neil will decide whatever's best for me. If he thinks that's going back to help the team there or staying here to play games I trust his judgement.'

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Maddison arrived in the summer in a £2.5m deal from Coventry after initially signing on deadline day in February but, with both Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard ahead of him in the pecking order, City decided the youngster would benefit from more regular playing time at Aberdeen.

That situation is likely to remain the same in the second half of the season at Carrow Road but Maddison will adhere to whatever Neil thinks is best for his career.

'There's no rush, especially with the winter break. I don't know what his thoughts are on it but it's out of my hands and I will leave that to Alex and the gaffer here.

'When the time comes, if I have to make a decision then I'll make it for the best of my ability. I've enjoyed my time here and if that means staying for the rest of the season I'm happy to do so.'