Harry Maguire: I ‘owed’ Leicester some loyalty


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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire admits there was interest in him from a number of clubs but he “owed it” to Leicester to stay put after a successful World Cup campaign.

The former Sheffield United star became a household name in Russia after his displays helped England reach the semi-finals.

He was unable to help them go all the way but returned to a media frenzy as speculation continued to mount around his future.

Reports in England claim Manchester United had several bids turned down by the Foxes, with the latest one surpassing £60million.

Maguire joined Leicester in 2017 and insists he wanted to remain at the King Power Stadium to thank the club for the faith they showed in him.

“Obviously going into a World Cup – if we were successful, as we were – there were always going to be players who came under interest. That is part and parcel of the game,” Maguire told Sky Sports.

“I spoke with Leicester after a bit of interest from clubs and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale, and I respected that decision.

“They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League, when I had just been relegated with Hull.

They gave me that opportunity and it is a club I am really enjoying my time at. I am playing week in and week out, which is important to me.

“They have given me the platform to play at the World Cup so I feel I owe them, and I respect that decision. Now I am looking forward to the season.”

The centre-back will be expected to start England’s next two games before returning to club duty to take on Bournemouth.

Bournemouth are 2.40 to win, with the draw 3.40, while Leicester are priced at 3.00.

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