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Foxes’ boss Rodgers reveals why he is not taking Canaries lightly

Brendan Rodgers has hailed Leicester City midfielder James Maddison Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Brendan Rodgers has hailed Leicester City midfielder James Maddison Picture: Nick Potts/PA

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is ruling out any whiff of complacency ahead of Norwich City’s Premier League visit.

The Canaries arrive in the East Midlands languishing in 19th place, and lying in wait is a rampant Foxes' outfit bidding for a ninth straight league win.

"Win our next game, that's always been our mantra, to never look too far ahead," said the Leicester manager, at his pre-match press call on Thursday afternoon. "It's hard to forecast in football and all you can do is bring your best game into the game.

"Of course, Norwich are sitting at the wrong end of the table and they don't want to be there, but they've shown they can win, so we have to prepare for them and a tough game."

Daniel Farke's squad will encounter a familiar face in former player-of-the-year James Maddison.

The England international revealed in recent days he still has a major soft spot for his old club and Rodgers' is delighted with the attacking midfielder's impact. Maddison continues to be touted with mega-money moves in January, but Rodgers is in the business of adding to his Champions-League chasing roster.

"There will be nobody leaving in January, categorically," he said. "It is really clear, we want to keep this squad together.

"It is an exciting team with growth and development in it, so we want to ensure they stay around beyond January. It's the nature of the game that when you are doing well there will always be speculation around you, (players like) James and one or two of the other boys, they understand that.

"But long may it continue because he (Maddison) has been absolutely brilliant and started the season very well.

"James is a bright young player with a big future. He had a great spell at Norwich, they had to sell him I understand because the club needed the money, and he has continued to flourish here.

"He is very hungry to be better and that is what is key. He has been consistently very good and he has a great hunger for the game.

"We have got a top squad and want to continue to improve, that is very important, but there has to be the availability and someone who is affordable for us."


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