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Premier League Boss Confirms Newcastle Target Has Entered New Contract Talks



Widely considered one of Newcastle’s top targets for January, James Maddison could be at a crossroads with Leicester City. The playmaker was the subject of two rejected bids from Newcastle over the summer. When the winter window rolls around, he’ll be entering the final 18 months of his current deal.

That is the hope, at least, from the Magpies’ perspective. The Athletic has published comments from Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers confirming new contract talks have begun with the 25-year-old playmaker, whose ability to unlock defenses was in short supply in Newcastle’s draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

After confirming Maddison’s agent has held talks with the Leicester brass on ‘numerous occasions, Brendan added:

“I’m pretty sure the club would want to do that. With James, with two years left, naturally the club would want to protect the asset. But it works both ways.

“If a player — not saying James — doesn’t want to sign it, then it can be a stalemate. Both sides have to be able to find an agreement.

“But absolutely, he’s an outstanding player and of course, Leicester City would benefit from keeping him longer.

“He’s been brilliant. He’s a top-class player. He’s improving, developing, and happy. Of course, he’s a top player at the level, so people will be interested in him, but I’ve seen no change in him whatsoever.”

Leicester have yet to taste victory in the league in what has been a woeful start to this campaign; one to rival Newcastle’s from last year. It even took a penalty shootout for them to get past Stockton in the Carabao Cub.

The Foxes are coming off a 6-2 defeat at Tottenham, though played very well in the first half. They sit last in the league with their manager’s future in serious doubt. This will all impact whether Maddison signs a new deal or waits to see what January may bring.

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353 comments so far

  • ottawageordie2

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he doesn’t sign and we get him.

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  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Tyran

    I hope your right

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I think if he does sign a new deal it’s in exchange for bumper wages and for them to get a bigger fee.

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  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Tyan

    I should of this read article before I posted to you

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  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Neil must have read my mind

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Has anyone seen comments from West Ham fans on Paqueta.

    2
  • Toon fans bad

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #7

    NY,

    Chicken wings on the outside grill has potential. I could probably put them on my window sill here and they’d cook!

    Been watching Rate My Takeaway, blokes quite funny, but he’s starting to annoy.

    Will give the Food Review Club a skeg, cheers pal.

    0
  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Tyran, even

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  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    @3

    That’s the idea isn’t it.

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  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #10

    He’d be nuts to sign a new deal

    9
  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t believe Leicester will be stay at the bottom of the Prem, something else is going on. Rodgers will get the sack, he’s been found out. in my opinion.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t see the Leicester owners investing in the squad at a level of where Maddison wants to be playing at, due to the Covid making a right mess of their duty free business.

    Rodgers is going to have to wheel and deal for a couple of years I reckon, if he keeps his job that is!

    Maddison would be foolish to stay there in my opinion. Does sound like they’re just trying to get a few more years on his deal to maximise his price. I’d be ecstatic if we got him and one over Manure simultaneously 😆

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  • snowdone

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    It will be fascinating to see who we choose- a midfielder, who can spot a pass. Of course, we need strikers who can make the move! The good teams are able to break down packed defences. City showed this against us just recently. I’m hoping Shelvey can help in this regard. Bruno can also spot a pass a la De Bruyne!

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon fans bad,
    Aye, he has to take stock and think is it worth an extra £25/40K pw to get his employers a better deal or stick with his wages and see his deal out. Could depend on a few things.

    2
  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #15

    TFB

    Unfortunately we are not at the level Madison wants to be either

    3
  • York Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    YET

    2
  • Toondog2

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #17

    No brainier
    James Maddison is one to sign
    Class act as long as he wants to be part of the team rather than a Prima Donna .

    4
  • valle

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Mund

    Agree, that would seem like a really bad career decision for him, and I doubt he will do that. Unless ofcourse he gets a buyout clause in there.

    3
  • Lord Scattercash

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I hope he doesn’t sign for us…he’s a cheat and a knacker…Hopefully he’ll fail the character test.

    Don’t want him anywhere near our club…we have a good bunch of lads now…we need to make sure we continue to recruit good lads.

    IMO

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #20

    TFB,

    I’m still laffing at that one……the young lad brought the grill round to the the front porch instead of the back deck – so I’ll get another month out of it 🙂

    Have a watch of FRC, Matt’s a good lad – he’s even been to NYC recently.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Lord Scattercash,
    They must have done a fair character assessment on him when putting those bids in. Sometimes best not to let personal feelings cloud your judgement on a player. He’d be class here.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #22

    valle,
    It’s not uncommon for a player to sign a new deal for MUCH higher wages and a release clause. Generally, the higher the wages the higher the release clause. He could possibly ask for £160K pw and a £70M clause.

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    He doesn’t come across well, like.

    … and he is a cheat!

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  • sparky55

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Nijmegan…I’m too shallow to make considered judgements against people I have a deep hatred for! 🙂 🙂

    1
  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Lord

    I like the new avatar mate.

    Great picture.

    Where’s it at…?

    1
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    sparky55,
    Ha ha, can’t say fairer than that 😀

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    What have I missed, why is Maddison a cheat again, was it something at our place?

    1
  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    I do agree with others talking about Maddison and their dislike for him as I feel the same but putting that aside he is a brilliant footballer who would help take us to the next level.

    He can be shithouse but as long as he is our shit house 😉

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  • The Mighty Quinn

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Depending on what happens at West Spam between now and January I would seriously welcome a bid for Jarrod Bowen as a replacement for Miggy. Him and Pedro would do nicely for me in January.

    4
  • sparky55

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    He blatantly dived and got a penalty against us at Leicester when they thrashed us a couple of years ago

    Will he ever be forgiven. NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Do we entertain cheats at the toon? NOOOOOOOOOO

    Is he a complete knob…just ask the people of Norwich and the England Manager…that’s why he doesn’t get picked…he’s a bell-end.

    My judgement will always be clouded! 😉

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Why would Maddison sign up to stay longer at a soon to be managerless club heading towards the Championship.
    He can look forward to the mackems and WBA with Steve Bruce or wait 12 weeks or so for a trip to the moon.

    2
  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Newcastle’s eight Premier League fixtures before the World Cup:

    Fulham (A)
    Brentford (H)
    Man United (A)
    Everton (H)
    Spurs (A)
    Aston Villa (H)
    Southampton (A)
    Chelsea (H)

    What do we think we can pick up…? Or what is the very least you think we have to pick up…?

    0
  • sing in the corner

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Mind
    We would suddenly love him, very soon after signing him.

    3
  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Quinn

    Bowen would be a game changer on the right for us.

    2
  • sing in the corner

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Mund..

    1
  • NY Mag

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Eh….what’s gannin on here????

    Sparky…..that picture looks like lake George….close to my heart and close to where here I live.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Unfortunately cheating is becoming an accepted part of the game with the younger generation. Does anyone remember Isak going down like he was shot, realising there was a break on, getting up and pretending to limp a bit to save face, then realising if he kept up the charade he wouldn’t get there in time so went in to full sprint mode.

    1
  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Sing

    Most definitely mate and even if a few don’t a screaming winner against anyone would soon change their minds

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  • The Mighty Quinn

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #39

    9 points out of those fixtures Mund for me.

    2
  • sparky55

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #40

    ‘We’ would never include me!

    Not that I harbour a grudge or anything! 🙂 🙂

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