Leicester City (top four 7/2) midfielder James Maddison says the mood around the camp in pre-season has been very good and says he is “feeling good” personally.
The FA Cup winners enter the season with the ambition of finishing in the top four after narrowly missing out in each of the last two seasons.
In May, they were defeated 4-2 at home by Tottenham to end their hopes of Champions League football for another season.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has responded, signing exciting talents Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare from RB Salzburg and Lille respectively, while also acquiring the experienced England international Ryan Bertrand on a free transfer.
Maddison will be hoping to get back to his best after a combination of injuries and a lack of good form cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer but appears to be very content at the King Power Stadium and says pre-season is going well.
“Training’s always very competitive, very intense, lots of arguments. There’s a lot of people wanting to win, but that’s the winning mentality that we want to install here,” he said.
“Obviously, we got success last year by winning the FA Cup, and that doesn’t come by a fluke.
“We’ve got such a good group here, training’s been good, and we’re all really happy here.”
Maddison scored 11 goals in 42 appearances last season and was a substitute in the FA Cup final win against Chelsea.
Leicester kick off their new season at home on August 14 as they prepare to welcome Bruno Lage’s Wolves to the East Midlands (Leicester 3/5, draw 13/5, Wolves 9/2).
They will also enter the Europa League in the group stages and are seeking to improve upon a round of 32 finish.