July 6, 2018 / 7:57 AM / 10 days ago

Leicester's Maddison looking forward to Vardy partnership

(Reuters) - Leicester City’s new signing James Maddison is relishing the prospect of playing alongside striker Jamie Vardy, highlighting it as a major reason for his move to the Premier League club.

Attacking midfielder Maddison, who scored 14 goals in 44 appearances for Norwich City in the second-tier Championship last season, was in awe of the England international’s relentless attitude.

“Playing with the likes of Jamie Vardy was a selling point. Playing behind him will be brilliant,” Maddison told the Leicester Mercury.

“His story is phenomenal. I think everyone looking from the outside are wowed and he has been brilliant. He never gives anything up and is quality in front of goal. I can’t wait to play with him.”

The 21-year-old, who joined Leicester on a five-year deal last month, is aiming to impress manager Claude Puel in pre-season and establish himself as a starter in the upcoming Premier League season.

“I want to show the manager what I can do and repay the trust he has shown in me by bringing me here to the club,” Maddison added.

“I want to show everyone what I am about. I am a young, ambitious lad and I can’t wait to get on the pitch and show everyone what I can do”.

Leicester will play their first pre-season friendly against fourth-tier League Two side Notts County on July 21.

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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