Blog: Maguire owed it to Leicester City

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Harry Maguire had a very solid World Cup as he partnered John Stones in the heart of the England defense. The Three Lions finished fourth this summer and Maguire was rumored to be on his way out of Leicester City for a bigger club. Instead, he stayed and he explained that he owed it to the Foxes to stay.

Story from Sky Sports:

Harry Maguire has admitted there was interest in his signature following his World Cup performances this summer, but says he owed it to Leicester City to stay.

Sky Sports News understands Manchester United had a number of bids for the centre-half turned down, with the Foxes insisting that Maguire was not for sale.

The 25-year-old joined Leicester from Hull City in 2017 and he says he felt he had to stay at the King Power Stadium because of the faith the club had shown in him.

"Obviously going into a World Cup - if we were successful, as we were - there were always going to be players who came under interest. That is part and parcel of the game," Maguire said.

"I spoke with Leicester after a bit of interest from clubs, and they reiterated that I wasn't for sale and I respected that decision.

"They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League, when I had just been relegated with Hull. They gave me that opportunity and it is a club I am really enjoying my time at. I am playing week-in and week-out, which is important to me.

"They have given me the platform to play at the World Cup, so I feel I owe them and I respect that decision. Now I am looking forward to the season."

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Maguire has really blossomed into a very capable center back in the Premier League. After being promoted with Hull City coming into the 2016-17 season, no much was expected of the English defender who had never made a top-flight appearance. Though the Tigers would immediately drop back down to the EFL Championship, most took note about Maguire’s physically and heading ability.

He moved to Leicester City before the 2017-18 season and was so good in the middle of the Foxes backline, Gareth Southgate called Maguire into the first team for the World Cup last summer. On the biggest stage in the world, Maguire continued to prove that he should belong with others in the top level of football. The England fourth-place finish was incredible and Maguire played in his role in the achievement, including scoring the winner in a 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarter-final.

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Leicester City basically said he is not for sale and could you blame them? The Foxes are a sustained Premier League side with plenty of talent still remaining in the squad. Maguire is probably going to be the leader of this team over the next half-decade if he stays and that is a nice piece to build for the future.

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