Spurs announce signing of England midfielder James Maddison
Spurs add James Maddison to squad for new season.
Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of England midfielder James Maddison from Leicester City.
Maddison, who arrives for a fee in the region £40 million, becomes Ange Postecoglou‘s third summer signing following the addition of goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli and Sporting Club right-back Pedro Porro.
Maddison was a star player for Leicester City in recent seasons but was always destined to leave the King Power Stadium once they were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.
He made 203 appearances for the Foxes after joining from Norwich in 2018 and scored a total of 43 goals in that time.
The 26-year-old even managed to register ten Premier League goals last term as he enjoyed a typically productive season, despite the struggles of the football club.
Maddison talks Spurs and Postecoglou influence
Speaking to the media, Maddison explained how important Postecoglou was on his final decision:
“He said one thing to me on the call, I hope he won’t mind me saying this, but he said, ‘whether you come or not, you’re going to see a completely different Spurs team under me’.
“That kind of stuck with me that he said that. I thought wow there’s that same self belief that I’ve got in myself.
“Things like that are so important, building a good relationship with him, with Daniel, speaking to other players.
“Obviously, I know a lot of them anyway, and playing against them for so many years, I feel like I have such a good understanding with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and now I’m part of it, and I have this lovely white shirt on, I’m ready to go.”
Knock on effect.
It is widely speculated that Spurs will allow midfielder Harry Winks to go the other way, with Leicester said to be highly interested in the 27-year-old.
Winks started for Spurs in the 2019 Champions League Final against Liverpool but fell out of favour since; spending last season out on loan with relegated Serie A side Sampdoria.
Leicester will be desperately hoping to bounce back to the Premier League next season but the challenge on their hands has been multiplied by the departure of Maddison.