Brendan Rodgers has doubled down on claims that James Maddison will not be sold before the end of the summer window.

The Foxes are hoping to finally secure Champions League football after falling agonisingly short in the previous two seasons.

If they are to do that, they will need to keep hold of their stars, with the likes of Maddison the subject of intense transfer speculation.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old, as Mikel Arteta continues his major overhaul at the Emirates.

The Gunners have already splashed out £50million to land Ben White, while Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares have arrived from Anderlecht and Benfica respectively.

James Maddison has three years remaining on his current deal at Leicester

That promises to only be the start of their business however and there is a suggestion that a creative midfielder is still high on their agenda.

Martin Odegaard continues to be touted as a potential target in the area, while Emile Smith Rowe could move into that berth after his new contract.

As for Maddison, Rodgers is insistent that after talks with King Power bosses, it has been made clear his best players will not be leaving the club.

“In conversations with the club, we don’t have to sell,” Rodgers said. “That’s something that’s been made clear.

“The players want to stay. It's a really exciting time at the club.

“There’s lots of gossip and speculation around but I’m loving working with the guys here, they love being here, and we certainly have no need to sell. So I would suspect we’re looking to keep our best players.”

Rodgers has hinted that there could be some departures, but they will likely be squad players, rather than his most prized assets.

The Leicester boss has said he is under no pressure to sell his stars

He added: "There may be players that find they want more game-time, and then we have to look at that of course.

"Everyone's back, they're working hard. We've created a great environment at the club, so players want to be there, but naturally things sometimes can change, so we'll look at that as it develops."

Arsenal’s need for a midfielder has only been increased following the injury suffered by Thomas Partey.

The Ghanain struggled for fitness in his maiden season in north London and his second looks set to get off to a similar start, with Arteta confirming the prognosis wasn’t good for the central midfielder.

However, although the Arsenal boss is set to be without Partey, he has been boosted by the news Granit Xhaka will remain at the club.

Xhaka had been widely expected to depart this summer, but it has now been confirmed he will stay at Arsenal, with a new contract offer on the table.

“Granit is going to stay with us,” Arteta revealed. “He's a player that we rate and value so much…a key member of our squad.

“He wanted to play today and I think it’s a very clear commitment from his side that wants to be here.”

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