Leicester boss hopes Maguire deal puts off big clubs

Date published: Thursday 13th September 2018 2:48 - Ian Watson

Leicester boss Claude Puel hopes Harry Maguire signing a new long-term contract will ward off interest in the highly-rated defender.

The 25-year-old was a target for Manchester United during the summer and was a key player for England as they reached the semi-final of the World Cup, before committing his future to Leicester last week bysigning a new five-year deal.

Puel said: “Of course not always players who start the season finish the season at a club but it is not in my mind that he will leave the club after just one year.

“It is important to keep a player of his quality and importance to the club and the most important thing for me is to continue with him and work together.”

Asked if Maguire’s new contract included a buy-out clause to further fend off potential suitors, Puel said: “I don’t know the details of his contract. But him signing is good for the club and the fans and shows the ambition of the club.”

 

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