Mourinho’s £75m top target breaks silence after Man United transfer failure

Harry Maguire says he respects Leicester City’s decision to block a potential transfer to Manchester United this summer and is focused on performing for the Foxes.

The centre-back, who scored his side’s winning goal against Southampton on Saturday, was targeted by Jose Mourinho after the United boss made a new central defender his number one priority.

However, off the back of an exceptional World Cup, Leicester were believed to have slapped a record-equalling £75m price tag on Maguire that deterred United – though Maguire is not sulking about failing to move to Old Trafford.

Asked about the interest doing an interview on Match of the Day, he said: ‘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.

‘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.’

On getting back to the normality of the Premier League after the World Cup, Maguire continued: ‘It was tough, but I think that’s just part and parcel of the job. I’m sure all the rest of the lads will say the same. I want to be on that pitch.

‘We only had one weeks’ pre-season but I played at Man United, and obviously a little bit rusty myself but it was nice to be thrown straight back in and keep playing and that’s what I want to do in the Premier League.’