“He’s a charming young man, really respectful … if you’re a seven or eight year old looking at the game, you want to be James Maddison”: Brendan Rodgers defends the lifestyle of Leicester rigidly after having had Dubai nightlife seen
- Brendan Rodgers is not worried about James Maddison’s behavior
- England international was portrayed while enjoying the nightlife of Dubai during the winter break
- Leicester manager thinks that people want to construct a negative story
- And the Northern Irish think that Maddison should be seen as a role model
Brendan Rodgers has launched a passionate defense of the lifestyle of James Maddison and maintains that the midfielder of Leicester is the footballer that all young people want to pursue.
England’s international was portrayed enjoying Dubai’s nightlife during the Premier League winter break, but Foxes boss Rodgers is not worried about the priorities of his midfield star who, according to Leicester, will sign a new contract in the coming weeks.
Maddison has six goals and three assists in the Premier League this season and is pushing for a place in the Euro 2020 team at Gareth Southgate.
Brendan Rodgers defended James Maddison and says that the midfielder is a pleasure to work with
Stormzy posed with in-form Leicester duo Maddison and Ben Chilwell during the winter break
Rodgers said: “Some people try to portray him as something that he is not. Fortunately, I know the reality – he is a top-class young professional who focuses on his game and wants to get better.
‘We talked about the mentality in training that you need to get to the highest level, and how you can maintain that. You see it in its versions and you see it in its numbers (goals and assists).
“I can only judge him by my time here, almost a year now, he has been absolutely brilliant for me. And outside the field he was an absolute pleasure.
“He is a charming young man, really respectful. He really respects what he has here in Leicester. He’s a great boy. If you are a seven or eight year old watching the game, you want to be James Maddison.
Maddison is a great role model and has been brilliant this season, Rodgers insists
“You want to take free kicks like James Maddison. You want to play that way and that personality. You need that. You also need education and it is brilliant. “Maddison is the subject of great interest from Manchester United, with Leicester hopeful that he will agree to new terms worth double his current salary of around £ 50,000 a week.
Unless the form of Leicester collapses, they are likely to play Champions League football next season – for Friday’s game at Wolves they are third in the table, 10 points free from the fifth placed Sheffield United.
During the Maddison winter break, Rodgers added: “People want a story to fit around him, so I don’t worry so much about that side. I know the reality of what he is and what he gives.
‘Something is framed around him that he will have to live with, but that is someone else’s story. This is a 23 year old boy who is single, he gets a week for free. We try to teach them in many ways, but this is something I don’t care about. ”
Maddison is an integral part of Leicester this season and they are third in the table