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Maguire confirms Man Utd interest but reiterates Leicester loyalty

10:02 GMT+3 05/09/2018
Harry Maguire Leicester City
The England defender was a target for Jose Mourinho's side in the summer, but ultimately stayed at the King Power Stadium

Harry Maguire has confirmed that Manchester United did try to sign him over the summer, but says he feels too much loyalty to Leicester City to leave.

The England defender enjoyed a sterling World Cup, helping the Three Lions to the semi-finals, even scoring in the quarter-final against Sweden.

Jose Mourinho was interested in securing his services for a potential world-record fee for a defender, but Maguire has now confirmed that he feels he owes the Foxes a debt of gratitude.

“Obviously going into a World Cup there was always going to be interest if we were as successful as we were," he said.

"There were always going to be players who came under interest, as that is part and parcel of the game.

“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.”

United failed to sign a centre-back in the summer, as mooted moves for Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin also came to nothing.

Maguire played all 38 Premier League games for Leicester in 2017-18. He has already started all four Premier League encounters this season, too.