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Leicester ace Maddison told to 'keep eye on the prize'

Former Leicester City star Stan Collymore fears James Maddison could cost himself a big transfer after his latest lockdown breach.

Maddison, along with Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury, was dropped for Sunday's loss to West Ham after they reportedly attended a party at Perez's house last week.

"Brendan Rodgers was absolutely right to leave James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez out of Leicester's clash with West Ham," Collymore wrote in the Daily Mirror.

"And what I want to know is how many blinkin' times do these lads need telling?

"Maddison is only 24, yet that's two blots on his copybook already with the casino incident.

"And even though I love his swagger, and the fact he's cocky and confident, the issue now is that it's not just Rodgers withdrawing him from a huge game that he has to worry about.

"That's because those in positions of power at Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be taking note, too, and that's not what he wants at this stage of a promising career.

"And I know they cost me because I was told by a number of scouts and managers that they'd be looking at me but the question marks stopped them taking a chance.

"I spoke to Martin O'Neill about Celtic when I was done in England and I'd have loved to have gone there, but he didn't sign me because he was worried how I'd react under the spotlight in Glasgow.

"So I guarantee that, with respect to Leicester, people will be asking, 'If Maddison has now popped up twice there, what would he be like in Manchester or London?'

"The message I'd like to send him, then, is, 'Look, James, I've been where you are, you're a good-looking boy, you have disposable income, you're a good footballer and there are temptations, but you have to keep your eye on the prize'."


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