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Leicester star James Maddison was firmly on Manchester Uniteds radar this summer (Picture: Getty)

James Maddison has stressed that he wants to play at the highest level after he was heavily linked with Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old had an outstanding debut season in the Premier League, notching up seven goals and seven assists for Leicester City across the 2018/19 campaign.

Gareth Southgate rewarded Maddison with a call-up for Englands Euro 2020 qualifiers this month and the midfielder was an unused substitute in the sides 4-0 thumping of Bulgaria on Saturday evening.

Maddisons form has caught the attention of the Premier Leagues heavyweights, as well as Southgate, with United reportedly weighing up a move for the Leicester No.10 in the summer.

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While Maddison has previously played down the rumours, he claims he has ambitions to compete at the highest possible level in the future.

I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to, Maddison told The Daily Mirror.

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I like to think Ive my head screwed on with the transfers Ive made.

Ive played League One, in Scotland, the Championship and the Premier League. I worked my way up.

Maddison is in Southgate's squad for England's Euro 2020 qualifiers
Maddison is in Southgates squad for Englands Euro 2020 qualifiers (Picture: Getty)

Last month, Leicester hero Steve Walsh insisted Maddison was happy at the King Power Stadium despite a dream move to United failing to materialise.

Hes happy where he is, thats number one, Walsh told Express Sport.

And I think hes grateful that Leicester gave him a chance in the Premier League because he was playing for Norwich and, OK, doing very well, but its a big step up.

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We spent some good money on him and are now developing him into a top-class player.

I think he understands the grass isnt always greener on the other side and Im sure hes a loyal kind of guy, he seems it.

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