Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has stressed that he wants to play on top level after he was strongly linked with Man United in the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old Englishman had an outstanding debut campaign in the English top-tier, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists for the Foxes across the 2018/19 season
. Gareth Southgate rewarded the England international midfielder with a call-up for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers this month and the playmaker was an unused substitute in the side’s 4-0 win of Bulgaria yesterday.
Maddison’s form has caught the attention of the top teams from the Premier League, as well as Southgate, with the Red Devils reportedly weighing up a move for the Foxes No.10 in the summer.
While Maddison has previously rubbished the rumours, he claims he has ambitions to play at the highest level.
‘I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to,’ Maddison told The Daily Mirror.
‘I like to think I’ve my head screwed on with the transfers I’ve made.
‘I’ve played League One, in Scotland, the Championship and the Premier League. I worked my way up.’
Last month, the Foxes hero Steve Walsh insisted Maddison was ‘happy’ with the Foxes despite a dream move to the Red Devils failing to materialise.
‘He’s happy where he is, that’s number one,’ Walsh told Express Sport.
‘And I think he’s grateful that Leicester gave him a chance in the Premier League because he was playing for Norwich and, OK, doing very well, but it’s a big step up.
‘We spent some good money on him and are now developing him into a top-class player.