Phil Foden in awe of £60m Tottenham playmaker target who excels at delivering ‘killer pass’

James Maddison, James Justin, Leicester City, August 2022

Manchester City’s Phil Foden has heaped praise on an England teammate who has been strongly tipped to join Tottenham in a big-money deal in 2023.

Foden is currently in a training camp with Leicester star James Maddison as England prepare for their World Cup opener against Iran in Qatar on Monday afternoon.

The Foxes star has been linked with Spurs and Newcastle due to his outstanding form over the past 18 months.

And City forward Foden is impressed with what he has seen from Maddison and Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount as well.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Foden said: “Technically, it’s probably the best England squad I’ve seen.

“I like Mason Mount a lot and James Maddison as well, the way he plays. Players who can receive it in the pocket on the half-turn and can make the killer pass or shoot from distance.

“There is competition in every position. No matter who plays, the others will be supporting them because that’s the kind of group we are.

“We just want the best out of each other.”

Maddison has not played for his country for three years and is looking to build on his solitary cap.

A slight injury means he could be absent for the Iram opener. However, he is expected to be back for the other group games against USA and Wales.

Foxes not budging on Maddison asking price

Leicester value the 25-year-old at £60million, which is triple what they paid for him in 2018.

The Foxes are in a strong position though, with Maddison’s current contract running out in the summer of 2024. That gives them two windows to command fee they really want.

For now, Maddison will be focused on doing his best for his country. But if he is given a chance to shine and takes it, then it could Spurs and Newcastle sweating when other clubs join the chase for his signature.

Tottenham are not back in action until Boxing Day now, when they head to Brentford in the Premier League.

Following the festive fixtures, sporting director Fabio Paratici is expected to be a busy man as he looks to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad.

A centre-back, attacking midfielder and potentially another right-back are all on the agenda.

Spurs headed into the World Cup break sitting fourth in the table after a mixed run of results in recent weeks. They are, however, through to the last 16 of the Champions League and Conte knows he needs to add more quality to compete on several fronts in 2023.

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