Former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire “turned down” a move to Premier League rivals West Ham United because he “wants something bigger”.
Ahead of this summer, it was expected that Maguire would be leaving Man Utd as he slipped down the pecking order last season.
New head coach Erik ten Hag preferred to select Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw at centre-back over Maguire, who barely featured for the Red Devils.
If he sticks around at Old Trafford, this is set to continue as Maguire was an unused substitute on Monday night as Man Utd beat Wolves 1-0 in their opening Premier League game of the 2023/24 campaign.
Maguire is unlikely to play regularly for United this season and this may hinder his chances of starting for England at next summer’s European Championships.
The defender has been linked with moves elsewhere this summer and West Ham have come closest to securing his services.
West Ham had a £30m bid accepted for Maguire but this move stalled as he was reportedly unwilling to finalise a move to the London Stadium.
Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce is of the understanding that Maguire was against a move to Old Trafford as he “wants something bigger”.
“Manchester United. He turned West Ham down, he’s turned it down. I know his agent really well,” Allardyce said via the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast.
“I think – and this is no disrespect to West Ham, because I managed them – he feels that with the troubles they had last season down the bottom of the league, he doesn’t want to be going there, he wants something bigger.”
United boss Ten Hag suggested earlier this week that he is “happy” to have Maguire in his squad.
“[Maguire] knows what I expect from a centre half. He can do it. He has the abilities to do it, so he has to show it. It’s about character, to be convinced to play that role. He has all the abilities and it’s up to him when the time is there,” Ten Hag told reporters.
He added: “Harry is a player for us, I’m happy he’s here, so we need a good squad.
“We have four good centre-halves – with Luke Shaw if you count him, we have five – and we need that because we are going to play 50-60 games this season, all the players are internationals, so we have a lot of load to cover so yeah, I’m very happy Harry Maguire is here. He has to fight for his position, as does everyone in this squad.”