Claude Puel stresses Harry Maguire importance


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Claude Puel is hopeful that Leicester can help defender Harry Maguire match his ambitions at Leicester in the coming season as top clubs circle for his signature.

The Foxes chief has spoken out after reports linked Maguire with a £65million summer departure as Manchester United are believed to be weighing up a possible raid for his signature.

The 25-year-old has become a target off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign in Russia in which he helped the Three Lions reach the semi-finals and scored in the 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden.

Maguire recently said he had no desire to look for a move away from King Power Stadium, but Puel recognises the need for the Foxes to give him a reason to want to stay for the longer term.

“It is important [for Maguire] to continue for Leicester,” said the Frenchman.

“It is a good feeling. If our players are interesting a lot of clubs it is because we made good recruitment and work in our training sessions.

“It is important to continue this work. Of course, when we welcome them [Maguire and Jamie Vardy] back I hope we can to give them the opportunity to continue their ambition and perform in the Premier League.”

The 2015-16 champions, Leicester, who are 28/1 to secure a top four finish this coming season, are 13/2 to win their opening game of the new Premier League season away at Manchester United on Friday 10 August. The Red Devils are 4/9 while the draw is 10/3.

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