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Keeping £22.5m-rated ace beyond August 9 is the most important job Puel has this summer

According to a recent report from CaughtOffside, there is a whole host of Premier League interest in the services of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. The 25-year-old is currently excelling for England at this summer’s World Cup to continue raising his stock, and alongside an impressive debut campaign at the King Power Stadium, it’s absolutely imperative that manager Claude Puel retains the centre back beyond the August 9 transfer deadline. 

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Ultimately, Maguire made the move to the Foxes 12 months ago after suffering relegation at Hull City, although he certainly couldn’t be blamed for the Tigers’ demise after a fine season at the KCOM Stadium, hence he earned a £17 million move to Leicester last summer.

And the 25-year-old has since gone from strength to strength at the Midlands outfit in starting all 38 of their Premier League matches last season to help them to a ninth place finish in the top-flight, with his endeavours recognised by the club’s supporters given that he won their Player of the Season award.

And they weren’t the only ones hugely impressed by Maguire’s performances, so was England manager Gareth Southgate, who has since made the 25-year-old a vital part of his Three Lions team in starting three of their four World Cup games this summer, and is likely to start in their quarter-final clash with Sweden on Saturday.

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Thus, it’s pretty evident that Maguire is a huge asset to Puel and his Leicester team, and given they did somewhat struggle defensively last season in shipping 60 goals in their 38 league games, it’s vital they retain him over the summer – imagine how much worse it could have been without the 25-year-old.

Yes, the arrival of Jonny Evans will go some way to further bolstering the backline, but take Maguire out of that defensive unit, and it is not half as strong and solid, and thus could spell problems for Leicester this season.

Thus, amid interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest sides, it is absolutely essential that Leicester retain the services of the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) beyond the early August deadline – it’s the most important job Puel has at the King Power Stadium during the close season.

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