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Brendan Rodgers Insists Arsenal Never Made an Enquiry for James Maddison

By Amreen
Arsenal never made an enquiry for James Maddison, according to Leicester's Brendan Rodgers
Arsenal never made an enquiry for James Maddison, according to Leicester's Brendan Rodgers / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Arsenal did not make an enquiry for Leicester star James Maddison this summer.

The Gunners explored the possibility of signing Maddison earlier this summer as they looked to find alternatives to Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid at the end of his loan spell at the Emirates.

The England international was reportedly valued at £60million by the Foxes, but Mikel Arteta's side were successful in re-signing Odegaard in a £30mi deal last week. Speaking ahead of Leicester's visit to West Ham on Monday, Rodgers insisted Arsenal had made no approach for the 24-year-old.

"There have been things this year around James, it was all paper talk, gossip, because there was never an enquiry, never a bid," Rodgers said.

Maddison has been central to a Leicester side that has challenged for the Champions League places in the last two seasons and that won the FA Cup in May.

"Players have felt the need to move on and further their careers, which is fine, and that's the nature of the game," added Rodgers. "It will always happen and some of the biggest clubs in the world will lose their players.

"You've always got to be preparing this pipeline of players going forward so if you do lose them you get the next ones coming in. That's something we are very clear on as a club. I just think this summer the players have been able to reflect on where we're at as a team and a club and feel they want to be a part of that, which is great news."

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