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Brendan Rodgers claims partying Man Utd target is misunderstood

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has urged the critics to lay off Manchester United target James Maddison.

The England midfielder was pictured partying in Dubai during the winter break ahead of the Foxes’ return to action at Wolves on Friday night.

Maddison had been previously criticised for going to a casino on the same night that England lost a Euro 2020 qualifier to the Czech Republic last October after leaving the squad due to illness.

But Rodgers has insisted that the outside perception of the 23-year-old former Norwich star and the reality are totally different.

He told Sky Sports: “People want to fit a narrative around him so I don’t worry so much about that side. I know the reality of what he is and what he gives.

“It’s unfortunate. We’re supposedly in this great world now where everyone ‘cares’, this wonderful atmosphere where everyone wants to look after you. It’s rubbish because the first thing people do is try and stitch you up.

“It’s contradictory, it’s unbelievable. So there’s something framed around him which, OK, he’ll have to live with but that’s someone else’s narrative.

“This is a 23-year-old boy who is single, he’s been given a week free. We try to educate them in many ways but this is something I’m not too bothered about.

“I can only judge him on my time here, nearly a year now, he’s been absolutely brilliant for me. And outside of the pitch, he’s been an absolute joy.

“A charming young man, really respectful. He really respects what he has here at Leicester.”

Maddison has scored nine goals for Leicester, who sit third in the Premier League, and continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United – despite the fact they signed Bruno Fernandes in January.

Meanwhile, Leicester are interested in signing on-loan Leeds United defender Ben White in the summer transfer window, according to reports. Read more… 

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