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"The phone has rang once or twice but the message is clear, we have no interest in selling James Maddison." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

19 May 2015

The Sky Blues boss is adamant that starlet Maddison is not for sale, saying that young players need to play to improve...

Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray has made the message loud and clear to suitors of James Maddison, he is not for sale.

Speculation has been rife about Maddison's future in the media after the 18-year old had an impressive 2014/15 campaign.

But Mowbray is adamant he will keep the Sky Blues Academy graduate, saying that the club have no intention of selling Maddison despite some enquiries.



"Every footballer has his price," Mowbray said. 

"Look at the situation with Raheem Sterling, Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo, Tottenham Hotspur sold Gareth Bale, are Coventry City going to sell James Maddison? I don't think so. 

"People obviously recognise talent, everybody does. The phone has rang once or twice but the message is loud and clear, we have no interest in selling James.

"We want James as part of our preparations and we want to keep him. In my mind, let's get the season rolling, get him back in his boots and part of our build-up to produce the goods and enjoy his football."

Maddison had an impressive breakthrough campaign last season, where he made 18 appearances and scored twice, including the winning goal on the final day of the season against Crawley.

Mowbray is adamant that young players have to play and learn the game, like Maddison is on the cusp of doing with the Sky Blues, rather than sit on the bench at a big club and not gain valuable first-team minutes.

He continued: "Young footballers have to play, that's been the message throughout my career, why move to somewhere where you're not going to play. Bigger clubs collect assets, what's the point in training and not playing on a Saturday?

"If you're talented enough, everything in professional football will come your way. James needs to get his head down, show the public of Coventry what a talent he is and bide his time.

"He's a young boy just getting on the ladder of his career, let's not get too ahead of ourselves."

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