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"James Maddison should stay and let his talent flourish in a place where he is appreciated." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

23 December 2015

The Sky Blues boss believes Maddison needs to play games with Coventry City and let him grow at the club...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has dismissed reports in the national media linking midfielder James Maddison with a move away from the club.

The 19-year old Academy graduate has only just returned to the first-team squad after a three-month ankle injury suffered in the 2-1 loss to Walsall.

This morning, a national newspaper linked the player to a move to Premier League side Arsenal and Liverpool and Mowbray believes the player should stay at the club to let 'his talent flourish'.

The City manager said: "I think English teams want the best English players. Teams are getting in kids as young as 11 and buying them houses because they want those players.

"These big teams might think that they'll able to get a player from a League One club but I have to say I think the owner is pretty resolved on the matter.

"James has only played something like 14 games at League One level. My advice to James has always been to let his career develop and to play football.

"Here, he'll be able to let his talent flourish where he is appreciated but if he moved to a big club, he isn't going to get in their first-team. 

"My advice to the player and to the football club at the moment is to put all that behind you and let people write what they want to write. He should in a place where he'll enjoy his football and let the talent grow."

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