BBC presenter Gary Lineker has fired a thinly-veiled jibe at Arsenal following their links to Leicester City playmaker James Maddison. The Foxes fan linked to a tweet linking the midfielder with a change to North London, the place he’s stated to be the primary transfer precedence. The 24-year-old has grown into probably the most vital gamers on the Midlands membership since his 2018 change from Norwich City and is among the most artistic gamers within the Premier League. The report advised that the Gunners would make a transfer for Maddison this summer season and have been even ready to double the wage that he presently earns at Leicester.

James Maddison celebrating profitable the FA Cup with Leicester City

Lineker is a boyhood Foxes fan from town of Leicester and he scored over 100 objectives for the membership throughout the primary seven years of his skilled profession. He has spoken regularly about his satisfaction on the membership within the years since and revelled of their FA Cup success earlier this yr, alongside their exceptional Premier League title 5 years in the past. The 60-year-old presenter has now publicly commented on the report linking Maddison with a transfer to Arsenal, claiming that it will be ‘taking a backward step’ within the midfielder’s profession.
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Lineker took to social media to put in writing: “From my expertise, taking a backward step by no means ends effectively. @Madders10” Alongside profitable this yr’s FA Cup – dethroning Mikel Arteta’s aspect of the title – the Foxes completed three positions and 5 factors above Arsenal within the Premier League standings. It was a marketing campaign that noticed the Gunners miss out on qualification for European soccer for the primary time in 25 years, whereas in addition they ended the season trophyless – eradicated from the Europa League semi-finals by former boss Unai Emery at Villarreal. There has been a notable energy shift between the 2 groups lately, with Leicester additionally ending three locations and 6 factors above Arteta’s workforce in 2019-20. Lineker’s light-hearted jibe in the direction of the North London membership may be seen by way of this context, with Leicester now established as one of many high six performing groups in England on the pitch – if not in revenue.

Lineker aimed a playful jibe on the Gunners
(Image: BBC)

Who ought to Arsenal signal this summer season? Comment beneath Brendan Rodgers has already strengthened his squad this summer season with the arrivals of midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille and RB Leipzig striker Patson Daka. Maddison started his profession at Coventry City but it surely was his efficiency all through the 2017-18 marketing campaign for Norwich that actually elevated him to prominence. He netted 15 objectives for the Canaries within the Championship that season to earn a transfer to the Foxes, the place he has subsequently developed into considered one of their star gamers. Maddison obtained his first cap for England when he got here on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain within the 56th minute of a 7–0 win over Montenegro within the qualification levels for Euro 2020.
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