Harry Maguire has been heavily linked with Manchester United, and Kasper Schmeichel believes a man destined to become among the world’s best defenders is going to dominate the next decade.
Interest in his services has grown on the back of that tournament, with Maguire among the centre-half targets being considered by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Leicester have moved to end the transfer talk by reiterating their reluctance to sanction a sale, but Schmeichel has suggested that more speculation is likely as a club colleague heads to the very top of the game.
The Foxes goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s going to be his year, I think it’s going to be his decade.
“Over the next 10 years or so, when he is going to be hitting his prime, he is going to be one of the best defenders in the world.
“He’s got absolutely every attribute you could possibly want in a defender. He’s an exceptional football player, very intelligent, he can see a pass and pick it out, positionally he’s very astute and very clever.
“He’s a big lad so on set-pieces, both for and against, he’s a threat and for me Harry can go as far as he wants.
“He was Player of the Year here last season, Players’ Player of the Year, so that says everything about his level last season.
“His work ethic, his attitude, I’m in no doubt that he’s going to kick on this season and then he’s going to be established as one of, if not the best defender in the Premier League.”
Maguire made 44 appearances across all competitions for Leicester last season after joining for £12 million ($16m) from Hull City.