Gary Neville and Thierry Henry had the exact same opinion about James Maddison who continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as Mikel Arteta looks for reinforcements
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Gary Neville and Thierry Henry has disputed claims that James Maddison needs to tone down his “cockiness” to reach the very top.
The Leciester City star has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as Mikel Arteta looks for a creative midfielder before the transfer window shuts.
The Gunners boss is said to rate the 24-year-old highly but his price tag, reported to be £70million, could scupper a potential deal for the North London club.
Pundits Henry and Neville have both been discussing the England midfielder this week with his future up in the air, in particular the notion that his arrogance is something that holds him back.
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But it’s not something either of them are buying into.
Talking in an Instagram session for Puma live, Arsenal icon Henry said: “Keep on doing what you’re doing because I love the way you’re playing. I like to watch players like you. (Players) that think.
“Thinking is important in the game and there’s one thing we don’t use often, which is our brain. Don’t be scared of having a big ego.”
Neville completely agreed with his former rival and reckons Maddison’s arrogance is what makes him the player he is today.
The former Manchester United defender insists the Foxes will be desperate to keep a hold of him this summer amid links with Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville added: “We’re quick to mention players like Maddison being cocky.
“We used to say it about players like Joe Cole and Matt Le Tissier. Eric Cantona obviously was seen as an arrogant and cocky player. Jack Grealish has had it as well and there’s a stigma attached to some players.
“But actually that’s why they are the players they are. They’ve got flair, ability, they want to look good and look the part.
“They’re brilliant to watch and he [Maddison] is a fantastic player and I’m sure Leicester will be working very hard to make sure they hang on to him.”