Premier League £65m star confirms he was on the verge of joining United

Leicester City star Harry Maguire has admitted he spoke to the club about interest from Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho was keen on signing the defender following his fine World Cup campaign with England and the Red Devils were ready to spend as much as £65million on the former Hull centre-back.

United ended the window without signing a centre-back after Ed Woodward vetoed Mourinho’s choices in the dying days of the window.

Maguire became United’s first choice once it was apparent Spurs would not budge on their £75m valuation of Toby Alderweireld and the England defender has revealed how close the deal was.

‘I spoke with Leicester after a bit of interest from clubs, and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale and I respected that decision,’ said Maguire. ‘They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League, when I had just been relegated with Hull. They gave me that opportunity and it is a club I am really enjoying my time at. I am playing week in and week out which is important to me.

‘They have given me the platform to play at the World Cup so I feel I owe them and I respect that decision. Now I am looking forward to the season.’

Maguire returned from international duty early to face United on the opening day of the season when the Red Devils recorded one of their two wins from their opening four fixtures. Jose Mourinho’s men face Watford after the international break, while Leicester travel to Bournemouth.