Rodgers sends new warning to Man Utd over Harry Maguire transfer

Date published: Wednesday 24th July 2019 8:15

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has once again warned Manchester United that the club do not need to sell England defender Harry Maguire.

The 26-year-old has been at the centre of speculation all summer with United leading neighbours Manchester City, with both believed to be keen to land the centre-back.

The Foxes have reportedly turned down bids in the region of £70million for Maguire and want a world-record fee for a defender if he is to be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium. The record currently stands at the £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk.

United are understood to have submitted an opening £70million bid earlier this month, while there were claims on Monday that an improved bid of £80m had been accepted.

Rodgers has repeatedly said the club have no desire to sell Maguire and praised his professionalism.

And the Foxes boss repeated those claims after Leicester’s 3-0 friendly win at Cambridge – a game in which Maguire found the net.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: “We’re very relaxed. The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he’s very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it’s very much here.

“It’s all ‘what if?’ At this moment in time there’s nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don’t need to sell, the club don’t want to sell.

“Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it’s not the case.

“He’s a player that is training, working. What I would say is he’s been the ultimate professional. It’s actually been a joy to work with him, because I’ve been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester.

“You see by his performance, and in training every day he’s been absolutely first class.”

Noises from Man City regarding Maguire, by contrast, has been very quiet, though their defender Aymeric Laporte did have this to say earlier in the week.

 

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