By Alan Hutton

5th Feb, 2023 | 12:06pm

Pundit on James Maddison joining Man City amid 'big' claim

Alan Hutton has suggested James Maddison might not want to join Man City in the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said that although playing form Pep Guardiola’s side is a “big draw,” Maddison may not put up with the lack of game time.

According to the Daily Mail (31 January), the Sky Blues are interested in a move for the 26-year-old this summer.

The England international will have just 12 months left on his contract at the King Power Stadium at the end of the season.

Newcastle United lodged two bids for the playmaker last summer, both of which were rejected as they did not come close to Leicester City’s £60million valuation.

When asked if he can see Maddison joining the Cityzens, Hutton told Football Insider:I would never say never.

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He is an exceptional player, an exceptional talent, a good age. I think it will come down to money and what the transfer fee would be.

The only problem is where does he fit in? It is a difficult squad to get into, never mind the starting XI. We know Pep likes to rotate and there is a lot of unbelievably talented football players there.

Going to City is a big draw, there is an opportunity to win things, but you might not play. Does he want to be part of that or does he want to be somewhere that he is going to play regularly?

In other news, according to sources, Man City star Joao Cancelo not expected to play for the club ever again.