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Leicester City boss Claude Puel confident of Harry Maguire stay

Puel confident of Maguire Leicester stay
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Leicester City manager Claude Puel is confident that England defender Harry Maguire will remain at the King Power Stadium amid reported interest from Manchester United.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel is confident that Harry Maguire will remain at the King Power Stadium amid alleged interest from Manchester United.

The 25-year-old impressed for England during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and has been linked with the Red Devils as a result.

Maguire only joined Leicester last summer from Hull City in a deal worth up to £17m, and Puel is optimistic regarding his centre-back staying put for the time being.

"I am confident about the presence of Harry for this season. He is a very good player for us," Puel told Sky Sports News.

"I was not surprised about his performance during this World Cup. We saw his progress during the second half of the season.

"He was great and played very well. It was not a surprise to see him perform well at this level in the international game.

"Of course for us he is a very good player - I wait for him with impatience because we need Harry and we need also Jamie [Vardy] because they are Leicester."

United are reportedly prepared to pay in the region of £75m for the Sheffield United academy graduate.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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