Gary Lineker has jovially claimed leaving Leicester City for Arsenal would be a ‘backwards step’ for James Maddison.
The Foxes have finished higher than the Gunners for the past two seasons and will be playing European football next season.
Arsenal, though, finished a disappointing campaign in eighth place and will not play in Europe for the first time in 25 years next season.
Despite their low position, it has not stopped them being linked to one of Leicester’s biggest stars.
Reports have claimed Maddison’s camp are expecting an approach from Arsenal, who are prepared to offer the playmaker a four-year deal worth twice the money he earns at Leicester.
And boyhood Foxes fan Lineker believes Maddison would be taking a ‘backwards step’ in his career by joining Arsenal.
He said: “From my experience, taking a backward step never ends well. @Madders10.”
Maddison looked in line for an England call-up for their March fixtures before suffering a hip injury.
The 24-year-old midfielder struggled for form on his return to action, though, as he failed to score or assist in his final 10 matches of the season.
With Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish ahead of him in the England pecking order, Maddison will look to return to form in the upcoming season.
But will it be with Leicester or Arsenal?
Lineker certainly wants him to remain at the King Power.