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James Maddison of Leicester City reacts as he lines up prior to The FA Community Shield Final between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on August 07, 2021 in London, England.
Maddison is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Perry Groves blasted Roy Keane’s suggestion that James Maddison would be taking a ‘backwards step’ if he swapped Leicester for Arsenal this summer.

Groves, the former England and Arsenal winger, branded ex-Manchester United Keane as a ‘very silly man’ for advising Maddison to reject the Gunners.

Maddison has emerged as a £70million target for Arsenal this summer but Keane feels he should ‘sit tight’ with the Foxes, who finished three places higher than Mikel Arteta’s men last season.

‘Arsenal are a huge club but at this moment in time I don’t think it’s a step up to Leicester, considering where they are,’ Keane told ITV.

‘It’s probably a backwards step. Arsenal are still short… If he’s leaving Leicester, I don’t think Arsenal is the right option, if I was him I’d sit tight.’

Roy Keane looks on following the international friendly match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium on October 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Keane feels Maddison should leave (Picture: Getty Images)

Groves was unimpressed by Keane’s comments and explained why the move should not be viewed that way.

‘Roy Keane is being very silly. A very silly man,’ Groves told TalkSport.

Arsenal are a miles bigger club. You’re under far more pressure. The expectations… Leicester are better on the pitch, they’re a better team.

‘They are further ahead but James Maddison, if you go to the bigger clubs, you’re judged on the level. If he bought into a project where he would be the 10, going there and being part of a resurgence of a massive club like Arsenal…

‘Arsenal are still a massive club. Don’t worry about the support around the world. Don’t worry about the crowds. The history. Tradition.

‘Roy Keane’s point, quite rightly, is that Leicester are a better team at the moment. But for your profile, if James Maddison goes to Arsenal, when you’re judged on a different level, he’s got more chance of getting in the England squad, in the England team than he has at Leicester.

‘You’re under miles more pressure. If he buys into the project and gets Arsenal back to the force they want to be, Arsenal is a far bigger club than Leicester.’

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