Rodgers hints Maddison desires to remain amid Arsenal hyperlinks

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Brendan Rodgers has sent a message to Arsenal regarding his efforts to sign James Maddison this summer.

The Gunners are closely linked to Maddison to fill the creative void left by Martin Odegaard, who has returned to Real Madrid after his loan.

According to football.london, Arsenal have already started negotiations with a roughly £ 60m move and proposed a player plus cash deal with Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.

But in the meantime, Leicester boss Rodgers has made it clear that the Foxes don’t have to sell and that the players are not looking for a way out of King Power Stadium.

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“We don’t have to sell in talks with the club,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Express.

“That is clear. The players want to stay.

“It’s a really exciting time at the club.

“There’s a lot of talk and speculation, but I love working with the guys here, they love being here and we certainly don’t have to sell.

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“So I would guess we want to keep our best players.”

As Rodgers eludes, Leicester is in an exciting time preparing to compete in the Europa League again this season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal can’t offer European football to Maddison as they missed Europe in eighth place for the first time in 25 years last season.

The Foxes will hope that this factor proves to be the difference this summer as Arsenal make their move.

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