Leicester City manager Claude Puel has this afternoon had some lighthearted fun at Manchester United’s expense over their pursuit of Harry Maguire.
Maguire, a 25-year-old central defender, only made the move to the King Power Stadium from Hull City last summer, following a stellar debut campaign in the Premier League with the Tigers.
Maguire was widely praised not only for his defensive traits, highlighted by a burly 6ft4 inch frame, but also for his abilities on the ball during his time at the KCOM Stadium, with Leicester eventually securing the stopper’s signature for an initial fee of £12 million.
And, following his most impressive club campaign to date this past season, backed by a superb showing for England at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Maguire’s star has only continued its rapid ascent, with reports in the English media over the late last month having suggested that Manchester United were considering a move for the Sheffield United youth product.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho is known to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements, with a report from Sky Sports having even gone as far as to claim that Manchester United value Maguire at around £65 million.
‘Harry is going to Manchester…’
As such, speaking in a press conference earlier today, Leicester boss Claude Puel was unsurprisingly once again questioned on United’s pursuit of Maguire, with the Foxes and Red Devils actually set to go head to head in the Premier League’s season curtain-raiser tomorrow.
And Puel was keen to poke some lighthearted fun at his side’s upcoming opponents when provided with the chance, with the French tactician having explained:
Q: Could Harry Maguire leave for Manchester United?
— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) August 9, 2018