James Maddison questions Enzo Maresca to Chelsea decision with ironic 'jumping ship' call

James Maddison of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates during the exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Newcastle United.
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James Maddison has raised eyebrows by questioning why any gaffer would want to "jump ship" from newly-promoted Leicester City amidst the ongoing departure of Enzo Maresca to Chelsea.

The Foxes appear on the brink of losing the coach who masterminded their automatic promotion back to the Premier League, just a season after their top-flight tumble. Chelsea have identified Maresca as their prime candidate to fill Mauricio Pochettino's shoes, having made a formal approach earlier this week.

Rumours are rife that a deal is swiftly being hammered out between the two clubs, leaving Leicester with the task of hunting for a new coach ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. Tottenham's former Leicester City midfielder, Maddison, has now had his say on the potential move.

"What will be will be," he said when quizzed about the situation at his former club by Sky Sports. "Got to be respectful to Leicester.

"Leicester's a big club as well, they're back in the Premier League now, so I don't think any manager would want to be jumping straight from that ship."

This statement carries a touch of irony, given that it was only last summer that the 27-year-old did exactly that following the 2022/23 relegation season. The midfielder sealed a £40m move to Tottenham Hotspur, where he has since clocked up 30 appearances, netting four goals and providing nine assists.

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Should Maresca seal a move, then he will come up against his former side Leicester in the Premier League next season, having guided them back to the top division. Maddison will also face his former club for the first time since leaving in the new campaign.

The fixtures will be revealed when the Premier League fixtures are released later in the season. Clubs will find out their schedule at 9am on Tuesday, June 18.