CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has said that Tottenham target James Maddison is more likely to leave Leicester City next summer rather than in January unless the Foxes receive a ‘massive offer’ for the player next month.

Maddison was one of the best players in the Premier League during the first part of the 2022-23 campaign, with his form for Leicester earning the midfielder a place in the England squad for the World Cup.

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The 26-year-old’s future has been the topic of much speculation over recent months, with Tottenham (Football.London), Newcastle United (Northern Echo) and Chelsea (GiveMeSport) credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.

Jacobs has now explained that none of the three aforementioned clubs are likely to snap up Maddison in January as Brendan Rodgers’ men wish to hang on to their talisman.

The journalist also revealed that the former Norwich man would prefer to wait until the end of the season so that he knows which clubs can offer him Champions League football.

Jones told GiveMeSport: “Sources told me that Maddison would rather wait until the end of the season and Leicester are not ruling out a new deal either.

“But from Maddison’s point of view, the reason why he would rather wait is because he wants to know what he’s getting and right now if London’s the preference, and Tottenham and or, more loosely, Chelsea are looking at him.

“Neither of those two clubs can categorically guarantee that they’re heading towards Champions League football for sure next season and Newcastle are in a better form position, but again, who knows whether they’re going to get over the line and get Champions League football.

“So, if James Maddison decides in January, then he is gambling to some extent on who he’s joining in qualifying for the Champions League.

“If James Maddison does a full season at Leicester and then does want to leave, then not only does he have longer to navigate that move during the summer, but he’ll have absolute clarity on what he’s walking into in terms of Champions League football, and he’ll have a full pre-season to work with that new squad, rather than World Cup fatigue and then moving mid-season.

“So, I do sense that unless a massive offer is made, Newcastle will struggle to get James Maddison in January.”

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From Maddison’s point of view, it makes sense to wait until the end of the season because it is not clear right now who will finish in the top four.

However, if he does not sign a new contract at the King Power Stadium, Leicester might not be able to reject a big offer for him, as he will only have 12 months left on his contract next summer, which will diminish his value.

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