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Leicester City unveils £24m signing James Maddison from Norwich

Leicester have completed the signing of James Maddison from Norwich for a fee rising to £24million.

The midfielder has agreed a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium with the Foxes’ summer spending now nearly £50m.

Southampton and Everton held a firm interest in the 21-year-old but a switch to Leicester was Maddison’s first choice and the transfer is a record Sky Bet Championship sale.

He told the club’s official site: ‘I’m delighted. I’m really happy to be here. I had a good chat with the manager about football and how he wants me to play, how he likes to play and I was sold.

‘We talked about the type of player I am, how I’m going to fit into his style of play and everything sounded really promising. I haven’t looked back since that phone call.

‘Leicester just seems like the right fit for me. I’ve got a good feel about the club and I can’t ignore that, in my head and my heart. I felt like this was the right place for me to be, so I’m delighted and can’t wait to get started.’

Maddison passed a medical on Monday despite still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in May.
It allows the England Under-21 international – Norwich’s player of the year last season – to move closer to his family in Coventry after he left his hometown club for Norfolk in 2016.

Leicester have already signed Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans for a combined total of around £25m and Maddison’s deal nearly doubles their spending.

It is a vote of confidence for boss Claude Puel after the Foxes struggled in the second half of last season, missing out on a Europa League spot by finishing ninth.

Puel said: ‘James is a wonderful player who is one of the most exciting young talents in English football.

‘He made a big contribution to Norwich City last season and I’m delighted that he has decided to make the step up to the Premier League with Leicester.’

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