William Gallas has labelled Harry Maguire’s big-money move to Manchester United a “joke”, suggesting that he is “not worth that amount of money”.
Harry Maguire came through the ranks with Sheffield United before he continued to impress in the Premier League with Hull City and Leicester City.
The centre back made 76 appearances for the Foxes in two seasons between 2017 and 2019. He was in the form of his career at this point, as he also made a big impact for England at the 2018 World Cup.
Ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, he joined Man United for £80m in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive ever defender.
He has made 73 appearances for United, with a lot of his outings coming as captain. He has received a lot of criticism from fans and pundits for his performances for the Red Devils since he signed in 2019.
Speaking with Ladbrokes, as cited by the Daily Star, Gallas claimed that Maguire is nowhere near worth £80m:
“The amount of money they spent on Harry Maguire was a joke.
“I’m sorry, it is a joke. It’s Manchester United and they do have a lot of money to spend. But when you look at that player, he is not worth that amount of money.
“If Harry Maguire is worth £80m, then I don’t know how much a prime William Gallas would be worth in 2020! But football has changed.
“Clubs invest crazy money on players. It’s very difficult to understand how someone can spend so much money on one player.
“If you’re a young player in the Premier League and you play really well in two or three games, your value will go up straight away. That shouldn’t be the place. You should have to play well the whole season for your value to increase so much.”