James Maddison signs new four-year deal with Leicester City to end Manchester United’s hopes

Leicester City have confirmed that James Maddison has signed a new four-year deal at the club.

Sportsmail revealed last month that the midfielder was close to finalising a new contract worth £100,000-a-week at the King Power Stadium. 

The England international – who scored nine goals for the Foxes in 2019/20 – is expected to have doubled his salary with the new deal which signals the end of Manchester United’s hopes of signing him this summer.

James Maddison has penned a new four-year deal to stay at Leicester City until 2024

Sportsmail revealed last month that he was close to finalising a new deal with the club


A new four-year deal for @Madders10! 📝 pic.twitter.com/JwAZITjIUs

— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 24, 2020

The Old Trafford club have a long-term interest in Maddison and would have been able to offer Champions League football, but the 23-year-old has chosen to extend his deal with the East Midlands side until 2024. 

‘I’m so happy to sign a new contract for this football club,’ Maddison told the club’s official website.

‘It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Leicester City player with so many positive things happening on and off the pitch and I’m delighted to be part of that. 

The news all but ends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United’s hopes of signing him

What we’ve achieved as a club this season is a huge step forward for us and I know there’s so much more to come from this team.

‘I’ve enjoyed every moment since joining Leicester City. The supporters have been incredible to me and we’ve a fantastic set of players in that dressing room who are determined to show what we’re capable of doing together in both Europe and the Premier League next season.’

Maddison underwent minor hip surgery last month to cure a problem that restricted him to just two Premier League starts since football resumed in June.

Maddison has scored 16 goals in 76 games for Leicester since joining from Norwich in 2018

Maddison’s absence hurt Leicester greatly during the post-lockdown period and was a key factor in their failure to hang on to the top-four spot they had occupied for most of the campaign.

But his new contract will come as a huge boost to the club given the impending departure of left-back Ben Chilwell to Chelsea and will raise hopes he can kick on again after fully recovering from his injury.

Maddison made his debut for Leicester against Manchester United in the first game of the 2018/19 season after joining from Norwich City. 

He has since scored 16 goals in 76 appearances for the club and made his England debut against Montenegro in a Euro 2000 qualifier last November.

He had hip surgery last month after he was restricted to just two league starts since June


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Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to build bridges with UEFA after Financial Fair Play row

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to begin building bridges with UEFA following a bitter legal dispute over Financial Fair Play.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s two-year Champions League suspension on appeal, while fining the club £9million for obstructing the initial investigation.

Al Mubarak believes the two parties can start afresh after holding positive talks with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin last month.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to begin building bridges with UEFA

Al Mubarak held positive talks with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (above) last month


‘Life is too short to carry grudges,’ he said. ‘It was a challenge (and) it’s behind us – end of story. I am focused on how I can help this club compete in this competition and win it and how to have a constructive relationship with UEFA. I think it’s the only way to go.

‘It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sport and it is a competition we want to win. It is a competition we have to respect in order to win.’

City have never progressed beyond the quarter-final stage under Pep Guardiola, however, and questions were asked about the manner of their galling 3-1 defeat by Lyon in Lisbon.

Pep Guardiola faced questions after City were knocked out of the Champions Leauge by Lyon

 But the club’s hierarchy will back their manger so he can strengthen his squad for next season

Guardiola knows his squad needs tweaks and, having already landed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, is intent on signing additional faces before the transfer window closes in October.

The City hierarchy will give their manager the required funds to strengthen and are in the market for another central defender.

‘When we look at what changes or improvements we have to make for this squad, we going to make them,’ Al Mubarak added. ‘We’ll be sensible and pragmatic about it but we will do what it takes.

‘Nothing is set in stone. We clearly have a way of doing business in terms of targets that are well defined but at the same time, we’re pragmatic enough to take the opportunity if that opportunity comes up.’

The club have already signed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake with more signings set to follow

Guardiola has identified Napoli’s 29-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly as the man to partner Aymeric Laporte and Al Mubarak confirmed City have no qualms signing players out of their preferred age profile of between 20 and 25.

‘If you look at the acquisitions we have made over the past couple of years, there’s a consistency in the type of player we have targeted in terms of age and quality,’ he said.

‘I don’t like to box myself in, because sometimes opportunities come up that fit with what the manager wants and with what we need for the squad that might be out of that box. If that’s the case, we’re pragmatic enough to make that move.’


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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof ‘hunts down thief who robbed elderly woman’

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof had a contrasting week to his centre back partner Harry Maguire as he reportedly carried out a heroic deed in his native Sweden by coming to the aid of an elderly woman.

The 26-year-old is briefly back in his home city of Vasteras in Sweden during football’s short summer break before the season re-starts, and this week was present as a frightening event unfolded.

While Maguire was arrested and charged following allegations of involvement in a fight while holidaying on the Greek island of Mykonos, Lindelof turned the hero in a different altercation back at home.  

Victor Lindelof is reportedly a local hero after apprehending a man who robbed an old lady

Centre back partner Harry Maguire had a much more difficult week while out in Mykonos


Swedish daily publication Aftonbladet report that Lindelof was on hand to ‘hunt down’ a thief after seeing a 90-year-old woman have her purse snatched. 

Lindelof is said to have sprinted off after the offender, before tracking them down and keeping them pinned to the ground.

Police services were called and arrived on the scene, to find Lindelof having apprehended the individual.

A local police report on the incident read: ‘A man who was nearby must have run after the suspected perpetrator, caught up with him and kept him until the police arrived at the scene.’

Lindelof, seen flying back from the Europa League, is enjoying a short break back in Sweden

Eye witnesses have since given their confirmation that the man in question was United star Lindelof, which was also hinted by a local police officer. 

Though he would not confirm the identity of the hero of the hour, the police officer said in the statement: ‘The man who intervened very wisely was athletically built, I can not say more than that.’

It marks quite different publicity to that generated by centre back partner Maguire following his end-of-season holiday in Greece. 

Maguire is accused of assaulting local police officers after his 20-year-old sister, Daisy, was assaulted and injured with a sharp object according to Greek media. It is understood that the police attending the scene were dressed in plain clothes and not easily identifiable as officers. 

Maguire was arrested and charged after an alleged fight on the Greek island last week

One source has said that initial accusation of bribery has now been dropped and that Maguire was simply attempting to pay an on the spot fine to deal with the situation.

Maguire denied all allegations though he made a statement of apology to the court on Saturday. Maguire had been staying on Mykonos with his fiancee Fern Hawkins and their children as well as other family members. 

Lindelof is reported to have been out with his wife Maja, who is said to have witnessed the incident unfold.

Vasteras police state they received the alarm at around 10.40, and that the first police patrol arrived about five minutes later, at approximately 10.45.

Lindelof therefore was able to keep the offender in place for five minutes before officers could arrive and do their job.

Lindelof recently showed his fiery side in the Europa League by arguing with Bruno Fernandes

The offender – a man in his 30s – is now suspected of aggravated theft and minor drug offences for his own use.

Lindelof is soon due back in Manchester to meet up with his team-mates, ahead of the 2020-21 season.

The 26-year-old was part of the United squad who traveled to Cologne to compete in the latter stages of the Europa League, only to be knocked out by Sevilla in the semi-finals. 

During the tournament Lindelof showed he wasn’t somebody to be messed with, after becoming embroiled in a heated argument with his own team-mate and United’s star midfielder Bruno Fernandes, following a disagreement in the Sevilla tie.


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