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"James Maddison is going to have a big future and the best place for him is at Coventry City." - Coventry City's Joe Cole

11 January 2016

The former England international penned a permanent deal with City last week and has praised manager Tony Mowbray...

Coventry City midfielder Joe Cole has claimed the best place for James Maddison to develop is at the Sky Blues.

The 34-year old midfielder signed a permanent deal with the Sky Blues until the end of the 2015/16 season as City look to continue their promotion bid into the second half of the season.

Cole and Maddison linked up well during the 5-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, with the Academy graduate grabbing the headlines since his return to the first-team.

The experienced former England international has praised the young talent at the club and has advised him to stick with the Sky Blues.

Cole said: "James Maddison is one of many good talents at this club and the gaffer is doing a great job looking after him and the other young lads. 

"He has got a great attitude, good trainer and plays with no fear. He’s going to have a big future in the game and the best place for him is at Coventry City developing.

"We’ve had chats and that will remain private. I think young players need guidance in the game and help making the right decisions as I got some great advice.

"I played with good senior professionals when I was coming through with West Ham and England. Stuart Pearce, Di Canio etc and got a good grounding in the game and it’s nice to pass that on.” 

Cole is in contention to start against Walsall at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow night as the Sky Blues face one of their toughest tests of the season.

The former Chelsea man has praised the City boss for looking after his fitness and getting him ready for games.

He added: "The gaffer has been brilliant with me and my fitness. I've had a difficult few years with my fitness but I'm being managed well here.

"It's weird as I feel we should have won every game since I have been here. We've played some really good football and I think there is more to come from me.

"It doesn’t matter if I play 60 or 70 minutes and affecting the game or 90 minutes. The main thing is the club and winning games, I want to help this club get back to where it should be.”

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