Manchester United have received a major blow in pursuit of Harry Maguire, who has signed a new five-year deal with Leicester City
Leicester City have made an official statement to announce that Harry Maguire has committed his long-term future to the club. The English international, who was tailed by Manchester United in the summer transfer window, has put pen to paper on a new contract that will tie him down to the former Premier League champions till June 2023.
Maguire was one of the subjects of interest from Manchester United this past summer, as they attempted to bolster their central defensive arsenal. Jose Mourinho was eager to add some much required solidity to his backline, following some unimpressive performances in the second half of last season.
It was even reported that Manchester United had planned a potential world record deadline day offer for the 25-year-old, before a move failed to materialise. At the start of the season though, Mourinho’s need of a centre-back has been vindicated, with the Premier League heavyweights cutting a vulnerable look at the back.
The Manchester United boss has already played each of his fit centre-backs in different systems, but the problems have persisted. This has begged the question whether Maguire’s addition could have gone a long way in solving the obvious problems in defence. The interest in him did come for a good reason, though.
Maguire has been creating a burgeoning reputation for himself for being a no-nonsense centre-back with a strong aerial prowess. Over the last couple of seasons, the 25-year-old has been one of the fastest improving defenders in the Premier League, and his status was further boosted after a strong World Cup campaign.
But, despite widespread interest in him, the English international has chosen to remain committed to Leicester City. Maguire has now dealt Manchester United a huge blow by signing a bumper new five-year deal with the former Premier League champions.
By tying him down a contract till June 2023, Leicester have not just managed to keep him away from the clutches of Manchester United, and other possible suitors, but also boost his asking price if a club comes calling for him in future windows. Meanwhile, Maguire expressed his delight at signing the new deal while also expressing his gratitude towards the former Premier League champions.
“Ever since I came to this Club, I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me. They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League and built a great platform for me to go and perform at the World Cup, so I thank them a lot. I owe them a lot and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Reports suggest that Maguire’s new deal is worth £80,000 per week, which makes him one of the highest paid players at the King Power Stadium. Manchester United though, will now face a tall order trying to secure the services of the English international, and it remains to be seen if they come calling again for him in a future window.