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Rodgers sends Maddison transfer message to Arsenal

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has sent Arsenal a transfer message regarding the availability of James Maddison.

Brendan Rodgers has made it clear Leicester City have no plans to let James Maddison or any of their players go this summer.

Maddison’s future is once again up in the air following another impressive campaign. The 24-year-old midfielder supplied 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 appearances across all competitions in 2020/21. His performances helped Leicester finish fifth in the Premier League, win the FA Cup, and capture Arsenal’s interest.

The Gunners’ technical director, Edu, and manager, Mikel Arteta, have reportedly made Maddison a top target. The pair want a new attacking midfielder this summer. They’re keeping tabs on Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid, although a second loan deal appears unlikely at this stage.

But it seems Edu and Arteta may need to look elsewhere, with Rodgers determined to not lose any more players this summer.

“We have no plans to lose anyone,” the Leicester boss told talkSPORT.

“We’re keen not to lose anyone.”

Rodgers also cleared up the reason behind Maddison’s absence in Saturday’s 3-3 friendly draw against Queens Park Rangers.

“James was going to play but his partner Kennedy went into labor,” he explained.

“Family is more important than football. I haven’t heard any news yet but hopefully he’ll become a father today, if he’s not already.”

Christian Fuchs and Matty James are the only two players to leave Leicester this summer on free transfers to US second-tier outfit Charlotte Independence and Championship side Bristol City respectively.

37-year-old defender Wes Morgan, meanwhile, retired at the end of last season.