London, July 31: Leicester City head coach Claude Puel is confident his club will be able to keep hold of England central defender Harry Maguire despite interest from Manchester United.
Maguire was one of England’s standout players as they reached the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup and his displays are rumoured to have United willing to pay 65 million pounds ($85.5 million) for a player Leicester paid Hull City just $22 million a year ago.
It would mean a major profit for Leicester, but Puel would rather keep hold of the 25-year-old. “I am confident about the presence of Harry for this season. He is a very good player for us,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports News on Monday.
Puel added that Maguire’s displays for his club last season meant he was “not surprised” by the defender’s performances in Russia.
“We saw his progress during the second half of the season. He was great and played very well. It was not a surprise to see him perform well at this level in the international game,” he said. IANS