James Maddison 'Signs' Bumper New Leicester City Contract

James Maddison
Leicester are determined to keep James Maddison | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is understood to have put pen to paper on a new contract at the King Power Stadium which will has seen him become one of the Foxes' top earners.

The 23-year-old was in outstanding form during the first half of the Premier League season, racking up six goals and three assists before New Year's Day, earning himself a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad and prompting links to Manchester United.

James Maddison
Maddison was high on Man Utd's wish list | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

To try and fend off interest from United, Leicester began negotiating a new contract with Maddison well before the coronavirus outbreak brought things to a halt, with a source confirming to 90min that the Foxes were confident of reaching an agreement before next season, and now The Sun state that the deal is finally done.

Maddison is understood to have put pen to paper on a deal which will see him earn £95,000-a-week until 2025, putting him closer to top-earner Jamie Vardy's £120,000-a-week salary.

An official announcement of the deal could come as early as next week, once Leicester have learned whether they will be competing in the Champions League next season or not.

The Foxes' find themselves in a straight shoot-out with United on Sunday - a game which Maddison will miss through injury - with both sides battling with Chelsea for the remaining two spots in the Premier League's top four.

A draw could be enough for Brendan Rodgers' side, but only if Chelsea fall to defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the boss believes that Leicester don't need to reach the top four to be able to call this a good season.

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Leicester | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Leicester chiefs see extending Maddison's contract as a statement of intent. They are no longer a team who can be picked apart by the bigger sides and they intend to be competing for European qualification for the foreseeable future.

United's interest in Maddison began to fade earlier in 2020 after learning of Leicester's determination to demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, with Ole Gunner Solskjaer later focusing in on Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, who could be available for an affordable price if the Villans are relegated.

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