March 23, 2019

Why we lost to Manchester United - Leicester City coach, Claude Puel

12 August 2018, 10:16 | Anna Jefferson

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Leicester City are closing in on signing two centre-backs as possible replacements for Harry Maguire, for whom the club are expecting a bid from Manchester United before Thursday's deadline, according to the Times.

The England defender is still a target for Jose Mourinho and Leicester have made moves to cover for that eventuality, with two names on their shopping list.

The fee for the 25-year-old central defender was around £75million this summer but the report adds that United were unwilling to spend that much for Maguire.

His compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho who led Leicester City's attack was not listed in the top 20 best passers in the game.

Leicester are expected to offer him a new deal after his impressive performances for England in the World Cup this summer.

"If I am chosen for the game against United I have to keep my goal-scoring record and work hard for the team", said Iheanacho. "We are all happy that he has stayed". We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities'.

"The World Cup helped [He played in all three of Nigeria's games in Russian Federation, starting twice] - we didn't get to go through but it was a good experience and good fitness". "It would have been a good reward for our play".

But as far as Leicester are concerned, Maguire is not for sale.

When that was put to Puel, the Frenchman maintained his stance. I am happy with the squad and the transfer window.

"We've learnt from the past that, if he takes too many players on like he did at Chelsea and Real Madrid, then there's only one thing that will happen".

"We have had good talks with Harry and with the chairman and we can not change things just before the first game of the season and just before the end of the transfer window".

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