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MAGUIRE SET TO COMMIT FUTURE TO LEICESTER

Harry Maguire is close to agreeing a new £75,000-a-week contract with Leicester, following Manchester United’s failed bid to sign the England defender.

Maguire and Leicester are in advanced talks over a new deal and it is understood the club remain hopeful of reaching a resolution later this month.

United manager Jose Mourinho targeted Maguire in the transfer window but Leicester were always adamant that the £17m signing would not be sold this summer.

Negotiations were initially held with Maguire’s representatives before the World Cup and were always going to continue at the start of the Premier League season, regardless of United’s interest. It is believed that United did not make any bids for the 25-year-old.

The former Hull City defender is in line for a substantial pay hike which reflects his importance to Leicester and his growing reputation in the game, following his impressive performances for England in Russia.

Leicester have already agreed a new four-year contract with Jamie Vardy and do not anticipate any probems with Maguire, who is settled at the King Power Stadium.

Maguire played the full 90 minutes of Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at United on Friday night, only four days after returning from holiday after the World Cup.

Claude Puel, the Leicester manager, said: “I’m happy about Harry and Jamie, they came back with a smile.

“I’m happy about the attitude of Harry, it’s important for him to remain with us, and to bring strong momentum for this season, I’m happy to keep him. Harry, he’s happy also to remain with us.”

Wilfred Ndidi, the Nigeria international, is also in talks over a new deal as Leicester move to keep the core of Puel’s squad together.

Riyad Mahrez was sold to Manchester City for a club record £60m in July but Leicester’s ambitious owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, were in no mood to lose any more of their key players this summer.

 

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