Mad­di­son signs Le­ices­ter deal as Chilwell eyes exit

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By John Percy

James Mad­di­son has signed a new long-term con­tract with Le­ices­ter City, as the club pre­pare for the £50mil­lion sale of Ben Chilwell.

Mad­di­son has been in talks over an im­proved deal since last year, and it is un­der­stood he com­mit­ted to a four-year ex­ten­sion when the

Premier League sea­son was paused amid the coronaviru­s cri­sis.

The £21 mil­lion at­tack­ing mid­fielder has made a huge im­pres­sion since mov­ing from Nor­wich City in June 2018 and Le­ices­ter have been de­ter­mined to of­fer him im­proved terms due to his progress un­der man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers.

Talks were slightly de­layed by the Covid-19 pan­demic, but were con­cluded ear­lier this year and Le­ices­ter con­firmed the news in an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day. Nam­palys Mendy, the mid­fielder, is also sign­ing a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Mad­di­son said: “It’s an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing time to be a Le­ices­ter player on and off the pitch and I’m de­lighted to be part of that.”

Mad­di­son is also mak­ing good progress af­ter a pro­ce­dure on a hip in­jury, hav­ing missed the fi­nal six games of Le­ices­ter’s sea­son.

Chilwell, how­ever, is set to sign for Chelsea this week and end his 11-year as­so­ci­a­tion with the club.

The Eng­land left-back has been Frank Lam­pard’s top tar­get for the po­si­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tions are ex­pected to be con­cluded in the next 48 hours. Le­ices­ter have agreed an ini­tial fee of around £50 mil­lion, with fur­ther money due for ad­dons and in­stal­ments.

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