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Harry Maguire: 'Manchester United wanted to sign me'

Maguire: 'Man United wanted to sign me'
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Harry Maguire confirms that Leicester City refused to sell him to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Harry Maguire has confirmed that Leicester City refused to sell him to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City last summer, and impressed for the Foxes during the 2017-18 campaign before playing a key role in England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

The former Sheffield United youngster was believed to be keen on moving to Old Trafford ahead of the new Premier League season, but Leicester managed to keep hold of the 25-year-old.

Maguire has revealed that United were interested in signing him, but the defender "respected" the decision of the Leicester owners to hold firm.

"There was obviously a little bit of interest, you've probably all seen. The owners spoke with me and they reiterated that I wasn't for sale at any price," Maguire told BBC Sport.

"So I respected their decision, they're the ones that gave me the chance to come to Leicester and play for such a great club. So I respect that decision, and I just got my head down and got ready to play the season for Leicester."

Maguire scored a last-minute winner in Leicester's 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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