Puel believes Maguire, Schmeichel will stay at Leicester City

Posted August 02, 2018

Leicester City boss Claude Puel has said it is "crucial" that his side keep hold of Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel this summer.

Harry definitely had an outstanding World Cup and looks the part but it would be a stretch to say he fits all three characteristics simultaneously.

The Englishman emerged as a surprise target of Jose Mourinho's following his performances at the World Cup that garnered attention.

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull in a £17m deal a year ago, but there are claims United would be willing to shell out £75m to bring Maguire to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are rumoured to be in the market to improve their centre-half options under Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho.

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The 25-year-old put in a strong show in England's run to the World Cup semifinals, featuring in all seven of its matches at the tournament. Getafe's Djene Dakonam is another player linked to former Premier League Champions.

"I am confident about the presence of Harry for this season".

Puel added that Maguire's displays for his club last season meant he was "not surprised" by the defender's performances in Russian Federation. It is not possible for the moment to develop our game, our play, and to develop a good understanding because we play with a lot of players, with different game-times, at different levels without some players for the beginning of the season.

Maguire's new deal would make him Leicester's second highest earner, just behind England team mate Jamie Vardy. Riyad Mahrez was the subject of a club-record £60m bid from Manchester City this summer. "To continue with us would be a fantastic thing for him and for us of course", he concluded.

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