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“I don’t expect a fight to keep him. James is a wonderful talent but he's not ready for a move." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

16 January 2015

The Sky Blues boss also talked about Jordan Clarke and Billy Daniels' transfers and the impact of fighting for places from the Academy...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stated that he does not feel young midfielder James Maddison is ready for a move away from the club.

Reports this week have seen the 18-year old linked with a number of Premier League clubs, but the boss is eager to keep him with the Sky Blues and continue his development.

“I want to keep James Maddison,” Pressley said.

“He has much to prove at this football club and he has many games yet to play for us. The easiest stage of a career is when you have just broken through to the first-team. The most difficult is sustaining their place.

“I don’t expect to fight to keep him here. He’s a wonderful talent but he’s only featured in 12 first-team games this season, he’s not ready for a move. He has to play many games at this football club.”

The Sky Blues have let two other Academy players leave over the last week, with Billy Daniels joining Notts County and Jordan Clarke moving to Scunthorpe.

The manager says that whist he is proud of his Academy players, not all of them will be able to play and because they have been fast-tracked at an early age it is easy to forget what stage they are at in their development.

He continued: “Not all of your academy graduates end up playing regularly. Academies often produce one or two players at each age and at some clubs one or two is a terrific return.

“The Academy also produces other players who you hope will go on and make a career for themselves elsewhere. We’re proud of our academy players.

“One problem they face though is because we fast-track our young players and are prepared to give them opportunities early, sometimes they can become disgruntled in my opinion at too early an age, when at other clubs they would have had no opportunities  at the same stage of their career.

“So in that sense we are a victim of our own policy. I spoke about a month ago to the players and you have to understand that I do want to play them, but we have to remember where they are at in their development.

“They may want to move on too, it’s the players decision not just the clubs, sometimes when older players are performing better it can be the right time for player to move on.”

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