Sunday Mirror

Vard road for Mads

- DAVE AR­MITAGE Sports · Soccer · Leicester City F.C. · Jamie Vardy · England national football team · England · Norwich City F.C. · Leeds United A.F.C. · Marcelo Bielsa · Athens

JAMES MAD­DI­SON has re­vealed one of the big rea­sons that swung his £24mil­lion switch to Leicester City – Jamie Vardy.

Mid­fielder Mad­di­son has grad­u­ated to the Eng­land side in the two years since he made his big money move from Nor­wich.

And the 24-year-old has been one of the main rea­sons ever­green Vardy has con­tin­ued to top the goalscor­ing charts.

The pair (right) will try to top­ple Leeds at El­land Road to­mor­row with away-day spe­cial­ist Vardy the big dan­ger for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Amaz­ingly, all seven of Vardy’s goals this sea­son have been scored away from home. That in­cludes one in the Foxes’ 2-1 Europa League win at AEK Athens in mid­week – with an as­sist by Mad­di­son.

And Mad­di­son ad­mits the prospect of link­ing up with the revered preda­tor helped him make his big de­ci­sion.

He said: “I know w the type of player I am and d I’ve watched Jamie in the

Premier League for a num­ber of years. I knew me and him would com­ple­ment each other and I re­ally hoped we’d build a re­la­tion­ship on and off the pitch.”

Mad­di­son added: ”We’re very good friends off the pitch and it shows on the pitch be­cause we’re on the same wave­length. In train­ing weve we’ve worked ha hard on stuff.

“As a an at­tack­ing mid­field player what w you want from your st striker is a will­ing run­ner, s some­one who can score goals and some­one wh who lis­tens to what yo you want as well.

“He ticks all three boxes.’

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