By Phil Spencer
James Maddison is good enough to play Champions League football and become an England regular, according to Danny Murphy.
The Leicester midfielder is attracting plenty of interest this summer with Newcastle heavily linked with a move for the player.
The Magpies reportedly lodged a £40million offer for the player last week which was rejected out of hand, with Brendan Rodgers insisting that the offer made was way below the 25-year-old’s true value.
While it remains to be seen whether a move will transpire this summer, Maddison’s impressive record last term is enough to convince Murphy that he’s capable of playing with the top players on the continent.
Speaking on White and Jordan, Murphy said: “I think it would probably take another £20-30million [for Leicester to accept a bid], to be honest.
“He’s a super talent, the only question mark over James Maddison is his application and sometimes his attitude, but his talent is up there.
“He should have played more times for England, he should be more in the reckoning.
“He’s the only dark horse that I can see getting in the England squad if he can start the season like he finished the last one.
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“To get 18 goals and 12 assists, 30 goal involvements in a season at Leicester is some going.
“He’s the only player on the outside who could surpass the others on talent, so I understand Newcastle’s interest.
“It depends on how quickly they try to transform the club and move forward. At the moment you’d argue that out of Leicester and Newcastle, Leicester are better but Newcastle will quickly overtake them.
“He’s earning a lot of money at Leicester, but I’d be tempted if I was him. However, if Chelsea or one of the other top four clubs were to come in, I’d rather go to a ready-made top club.
“Is he good enough? Yes. He’s a Champions League player. He has all of the qualities needed to play Champions League and international football.”