Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has, on Friday, provided something of an update on Harry Maguire’s future with the club.
The subject of stopper Maguire’s plans beyond the summer have of course reemerged as a major talking point on the red half of Manchester across the week to date.
This comes after confirmation was forthcoming that the England international has been stripped of his duties as captain at Old Trafford.
He has since been replaced in the role by Bruno Fernandes.
Maguire, to his credit, dealt with the no doubt disappointing news in mature fashion, taking to his social media platforms to assure that his commitment to the United cause has not changed.
And yet, speculation pointing towards a potential Old Trafford exit for the former Leicester City standout has continued to spread like wildfire.
West Ham United, for one, are understood to hold a strong interest in his services.
Speaking to the media on Friday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Maguire’s place in his squad was put to boss Erik ten Hag.
And the Dutch tactician, in responding, appeared to suggest that the 30-year-old remains a central part of his plans for the season ahead:
“We respect Harry Maguire — he’s very important for this squad, for this team,” Ten Hag began.
”And, you know, in his role as centre back, we have four centre backs. I talked about consistency, we know we can’t do it with 11 players and so I’m happy we have four very good centre backs”.