Maddison grateful for Canaries chance

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Manchester United are planning an ambitious January swoop for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, according to reports.

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has thanked Daniel Farke for giving him a chance while at Norwich City.

Maddison, 22, has gone from strength to strength since joining Leicester City from the Canaries in June 2018, bagging seven goals and adding seven assists during his first season with the Foxes.

The talented youngster has also started the current campaign well and is in line to make his England debut when the Three Lions face Kosovo at Southampton’s St Mary’s ground on Tuesday evening.

It was with Norwich that the schemer made his name, but it took the arrival of Farke to really kickstart his career. Maddison had generally been overlooked since arriving from Coventry and was even sent to Aberdeen on loan for the first half of the 2016-17 season.

The German tactician gave him a chance and the man from the West Midlands flourished, with 14 goals from 44 Championship appearances seeing Leicester come calling.

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Things are now on the up but the former England Under-21 ace has not forgotten where it all started to improve.

“I’d been on the bench at Coventry at age 16, so I wasn’t expecting to be left out of the squad,” he said. “That’s why I went out on loan, but when I came back I still might not have got a chance without a new manager coming in.

“He put me in on the first day of the season and I never looked back. I’m very happy with the way things have gone since, but I owe a lot to Daniel and Norwich.”

Leicester have started the season in superb fashion to sit third in the Premier League standings, while Norwich are down in 19th with just three points to their name.

Maddison will hope Farke can pull them clear of danger after admitting that his former club’s result is the “first one” he looks for.

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