James Maddison has claimed he would have no problem ‘nailing’ best friend Ben Chilwell with a crunching tackle when the pair meet on opposite sides this week for the first time since the latter’s summer transfer from Leicester to Chelsea.
Chilwell played 123 times for Leicester after emerging from the club’s youth ranks and forged a close bond with Maddison when he arrived at the King Power Stadium in 2018.
Maddison is yet to face his former teammate but will do when Chelsea visit on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old said he was pleased for his pal to get the transfer he was hoping for, which meant the opportunity to play in the Champions League for his new club. It is Leicester, however, who look more likely to finish in the top four this season as things stand.
“Chilly was my best mate at Leicester. I am so happy for him because I knew he wanted to move to Chelsea, it is such a big move for him with Champions League football and all the stuff he wanted to do,” Maddison explained.
“At the same time my best mate is leaving the club I play for, so it was a bittersweet moment. We haven’t played each other but I won’t think twice about nailing him.”
Maddison has returned to full fitness this season and is on course to produce the most prolific campaign of his top flight career. He has already scored six times in all competitions, including four in the Premier League, and is only three behind his tally from last season.
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