Brendan Rodgers hopes English playmaker will follow his lead by signing a new deal

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers hopes James Maddison will follow his lead by signing a new contract at the club.

The midfielder has been massively linked with a move to Manchester United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is supposed to be confident of signing the England international next summer.

James Maddison has spoken to former team-mate Harry Maguire about a move to Old Trafford and grew up as a Manchester United fan in his childhood.

But Leicester City are currently on an upward trajectory, and nothing crystallises that more than Brendan Rodgers’ decision to reject a move to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract at the King Power Stadium.

The former Celtic manager was handed a new long-term deal to remove a release clause in which the Foxes feared would enable the Gunners to appoint Brendan Rodgers.

And, after signing a new deal worth around £40m, Brendan Rodgers has urged the likes of James Maddison to do the same.

Asked about players like James Maddison contemplating their futures, Brendan Rodgers replied: ‘Hopefully they’ll see how we’ve worked together here and the ambition I have for the club, will make them think in terms of where we want to go.

‘This is a club with big ambition, that’s why I’ve committed for such a long period, and once they’re here, they will hopefully feel that ambition and see the progress.’

Brendan Rodgers’ decision is a blow to Arsenal, who are running out of options following Massimiliano Allegri admission that he wants to wait until next summer before returning to management.

Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out a move to the Gunners following his exit from rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Mikel Arteta remains a candidate.