James Maddison has told Sky Sports News he is “taking transfer speculation in his stride” amid reports that the Leicester star is set for a £60m summer exit.
The 22 year-old is being strongly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium after an impressive debut Premier League season in which he scored seven goals and laid on seven assists in 36 appearances.
The England Under-21 international, who was signed from Norwich for a £22m fee last summer, has reportedly been touted for a move to Manchester United and Tottenham this window.
But when asked whether a ‘£60m price tag’ and transfer talk will play on his mind at the upcoming European U-21 Championships, Maddison, who is also said to be a target for Arsenal, told Sky Sports: “No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride.
“As a 17 year-old boy I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.
“With transfer talk you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”
Maddison was perhaps a surprise omission from the Three Lions’ senior squad for the Nations League finals in Portugal, but the midfielder thinks being with the Under-21s will prove to be more beneficial.
He added: “This tournament is going to be a better experience for me than what sitting on the bench at the Nations League would have been, I have been asked that a few times and I will never look at it and think should I be with the seniors.
“I am never going to be disappointed representing the U21s with my country, I am excited and proud that I’m here.
“I feel like I’m a much more experienced player now on and off the pitch, I look around at lunch and think me and Demarai [Gray] are the old men here!
“There are little things I can help those younger lads with and in terms of game management.
“I have played over 150 games now at club level, I definitively think I’m a more senior professional now.”