JAMES MADDISON is set to give Leicester a major boost after they lost out to Manchester United in the battle for Champions League football by reportedly snubbing a move to Old Trafford.
The Foxes playmaker is ready to sign a new four-year contract with the club — believed to be worth in excess of £100,000 a week — despite being heavily linked with a move to United this summer.
Maddison’s existing deal still had three seasons to run, after signing from Norwich for £22.5million in 2018, but he now appears set to remain at the King Power Stadium until 2024.
The 23-year-old is one of the club’s star players and is seen as crucial to their hopes of breaking back into the elite for the first time since their miraculous Premier League triumph four years ago.
After losing out to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the race for the top four — the Foxes went down 2-0 to United in their final game on Sunday — having spent most of the season in the Champions League places, the news represents a significant boost for Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are destined for the Europa League next term but with Maddison set to stay, they can at least plan for another assault on the top four.
The midfielder missed the season finale with a hip problem as the Foxes slid out of contention with just two wins in six matches.
The news of his contract extension is expected to be confirmed by the club in the coming days, with the Premier League season now finished and the new campaign set to start on September 12.
Rodgers will also hope to convince Ben Chilwell his future is at Leicester, with Chelsea understood to be keen on signing the England star now the transfer window is open.
Chilwell sat out his team’s last five games with a heel injury and reports have claimed he is ready to tell the club he wants to leave.