The Telegraph have claimed that Chelsea chose against pursuing James Maddison as the Blues wanted to prioritise signing younger players.

If there was any doubt at all that Maddison was indeed the bargain signing of the summer, the attacking midfielder has dispelled those doubts with the terrific start he has made to his Tottenham career.

He was once again at the centre of most of the good moves that Spurs put together at Turf Moor on Saturday, finding the back of the net with a trademark curled effort, to add to the goal and two assists he already has so far in a Lilywhite shirt (Transfermarkt).

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate James Maddison after scoring the team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on September 02, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The England international’s displays have certainly not come as a surprise, given his exploits at Leicester City over recent years, and many have been left scratching their heads as to why more clubs did not vie for the player’s signature, given his relatively low £40m price tag.

The Telegraph have now revealed that the reason that Chelsea decided against moving for Maddison was due to his age.

The outlet claims that the Blues owners have a policy of not signing anyone over the age of 25, which is why they turned down the chance to make a move for the Tottenham man, who is 26 years of age.

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I can certainly understand why a club would have a policy of signing young players but that should be a general guiding principle rather than a specific rule. It seems bizarre to me that Chelsea would pass up on Maddison because he is a few months over 25 but their loss is certainly Tottenham’s gain.

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