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Emile Heskey sends warning to James Maddison over Man Utd transfer


Maddison has impressed during his two seasons in the top flight (Picture: Getty Images)

Emile Heskey has advised James Maddison not to rush a move to a ‘bigger club’ like Manchester United and instead stay at Leicester City for another ‘two or three years’.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top priority targets for the next transfer window, with the Norwegian boss aiming to add another creative midfielder to his squad.

Maddison has been instrumental in the Foxes’ push for the Champions League places, registering six goals and three assists in the Premier League this season.

However, former Leicester striker Heskey warned the midfielder that although a move to a top club is on the horizon, he still has room to grow under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers.

Speaking exclusively to 888sport, he said: ‘Maddison has to look at himself and find out where his pathway lies. He is still a young lad with many years ahead of him and a lot of learning still to do.

‘He has a great teacher in Brendan Rodgers, but at some stage he will be wondering what his next path will be.

‘That he has taken it so far at Leicester and now what is the next path, so at some stage he will be looking to move to a bigger club.

‘Right now though I don’t see why he can’t stay for another two or three years, that will still only take him to 25.’

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is another midfield target for Solskjaer (Picture: Getty Images)

Northern Irish boss Rodgers has turned the Midlands club’s fortunes around since taking over from Claude Puel in February 2019, and Heskey isn’t surprised he is being linked with big clubs.

‘I just think Brendan Rodgers is a very good football coach and they have bought into his philosophy,’ he added.

‘He’s got a great philosophy that he implemented at Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic and he got results.

‘Now he’s doing the same at Leicester and he’s still getting good results. Now everyone is being linked to so-called bigger clubs, that’s how you know how well he is doing.

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‘I think Leicester are a little bit away from being a top four club consistently, that’s because I don’t think Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal will have another bad season as they’ve had.

‘So top four no. But top six, one hundred per cent. I don’t think top four is Leicester’s priority right now.

‘Their priority is taking things one step at a time and cementing themselves in the top eight and then saying, “Okay, where’s the next one? Top six. Right, let’s move up to that one”. You can’t just jump into the top four.’

Read the full 888sport interview with Emile Heskey here.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out on angry rant at Jesse Lingard during Man City clash


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with Jesse Lingard during Manchester United’s win over Man City (Sky Sports)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his angry tirade towards Jesse Lingard during Manchester United’s Carabao Cup clash against Manchester City on Wednesday evening was ‘in the heat of the moment’.

The incident occurred during the second half of their match at the Etihad Stadium as United were chasing a second goal after Nemanja Matic had scored in the first half.

But Lingard’s wayward pass for Fred in the 58th minute was intercepted and City quickly countered to create a one-on-one chance for Raheem Sterling.

Sterling was unable to equalise for City but Lingard’s error sparked a strong reaction from Solskjaer on the touchline.

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Television cameras which were directed towards the dugout caught Solskjaer shouting: ‘Jesse. One more time and you’re f****** off.’

Lingard was substituted shortly after in the 65th minute.

When asked about the incident after the match, Solskjaer replied: ‘Ah, it was just heat of the moment.

‘Once in a while when you lose the ball just make sure we try to play more.

Solskjaer hugged Jesse Lingard after substituting him (Sky Sports)

‘In the next moment him and Victor [Lindelof] grew in confidence.

‘Once in a while you’re going to make mistakes.

‘But if you’re going to come here and just defend you’ve got no chance.

‘Yes, we created one or two dangerous moments with the way we tried to play our way out.

‘But that’s the way we want the boys to express themselves that we have to do that to release the pressure.’

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United were unable to score their second goal and were reduced to 10 men with 14 minutes remaining following Matic’s red card.

City won the tie 3-2 on aggregate and Pep Guardiola’s side will play Aston Villa in the final on March 1.

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