Alasdair Gold has suggested that Leicester City are unlikely to let James Maddison leave in January unless they receive a mammoth offer.

Despite Leicester’s struggles in the first part of the campaign, Maddison has been in exceptional form, with the midfielder registering 11 goal contributions and 12 Premier League appearances this season (Transfermarkt).

James Maddison

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The 25-year-old has been rewarded with a call-up to England’s World Cup squad and he will be hoping to make an impact in Qatar.

It remains to be seen if Maddison’s days with the Foxes are numbered as his current contract at King Power Stadium runs out in the summer of 2024.

Football Insider claimed back in September that the England international would ‘jump at the chance’ to join Tottenham if the club came in for him while journalist Dean Jones (GiveMeSport) has backed the North London club to test the waters with an offer in January.

However, Gold has now poured cold water on the chances of Spurs signing Maddison in January, suggesting that a deal is more likely next summer.

When asked if Tottenham could make a move for the Leicester star, the journalist said on a Q&A on Football.London: “Spurs have had a long-held interest in Maddison although those within the club strenuously denied any links to him during the summer. 

“He still has 18 months left on his contract so I don’t think he would come with a particularly reduced price tag in January.

“I think he’d be superb at Spurs, if he wanted to come, but I’d be surprised if Leicester let him go after the World Cup without an astronomical bid. Next summer, if he hasn’t signed a new contract, seems the more logical time for him to move on.”

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Given Leicester’s financial situation, I do not think they would be in a position to turn down a sizeable offer for Maddison in January. 

However, having said that, relegation could prove even more costly for the Foxes and so, if they think there is a realistic chance of them going down, they might hang on to the 25-year-old until next summer and take a hit on the transfer fee.

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