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Brendan Rodgers: Add the final touch

Game for a laugh: Contract talks have not affected Maddison’s form PICTURE: GETTY

BRENDAN RODGERS has urged Leicester to make some more history by reaching the Carabao Cup final.

They host Aston Villa in tonight’s semi-final, first leg as favourites to make it to Wembley in a competition they won in 1997 and 2000, as well as finishing runners-up in 1999.

Although they won the Premier League in 2016, the Foxes have not made a showpiece final since that run of success under Martin O’Neill.

‘I’m aware the club hasn’t been to a final for 20 years so let’s get there,’ said Rodgers, who led previous club Celtic to the Scottish Cup twice and the Scottish League Cup three times.

‘Let’s not be worried too much about the past. Let’s create this new history but we know we’re going to have to play well to get there.

‘It’s always nice when you have something tangible to show for your progress. You can still do some great work as a team and as a club and not win, but our ambition is to win.’ Rodgers is set to name a strong side as they look for a first-leg advantage but added: ‘It’s important to stay calm. You don’t need to magnify the importance of the game.’

Meanwhile, talks are ongoing over a new deal for midfielder James Maddison, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

‘James is a player we are keen to keep here and help us on this journey,’ said Rodgers. ‘These things take time but his level has not dropped. He is playing at a really high level.’