Harry Maguire included for Leicester as Brendan Rodgers sends message to Man Utd

Harry Maguire included for Leicester as Brendan Rodgers sends message to Man Utd

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers included Maguire in the travelling party for tonight’s friendly at Scunthorpe.

Manchester United and Manchester City both covet the Three Lions star but as yet their valuation is falling short of what Leicester will sell for.

And Rodgers sent out the clearest ‘He’s ours’ message to the Premier League big guns by playing Maguire at Glanford Park.

The Foxes are insisting no bid has been received for their star man and won’t listening to United’s initial overtures of around £60m.

READ MORE: What Leicester plan to do if Harry Maguire leaves this summer

Maguire wasn’t named in the starting line up for the friendly clash but was expected to get a 45 minute run out in the second half.

Fans waited for the Leicester team bus to arrive and chanted Maguire’s name when he eventually appeared from inside.

“Tell Harry he’s got to stay,” one yelled as Rodgers emerged from the bus before a selection of his big hitters who were out in force.

Jamie Vardy, new £40m man Youri Tielemans, £30m recruit from Newcastle Ayoze Perez and recent £8m signing James Justin all travelled.

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Harry Maguire starts for Leicester (Pic: Getty)

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Harry Maguire will play for Leicester at Scunthorpe (Pic: Getty)

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Rodgers has included Maguire in his squad (Pic: Getty)

Maguire will be sold if one of the big clubs comes up with the kind of cash Leicester are sticking out for, but until then, it’s clearly a case of business as usual.

Leicester don’t appear keen to replace the 26-year-old this summer, should he depart for Manchester.

“Been told #lcfc have no immediate plans to replace Harry Maguire if he leaves for #mcfc or #mufc,” tweeted Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett.

“Club and Rodgers don’t see value in market for defenders right now eg #burnley Tarkowski, #bhafc Dunk, and want to give [Caglar] Soyuncu and [Filip] Benkovic opportunities alongside Morgan and Evans.”

 

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Maguire wants to move to Manchester this summer (Pic: Getty)

Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was said to be the man to replace Maguire this summer.

But Rodgers clearly isn’t keen to splash £45m on the 27-year-old. 

LEICESTER XI: Jakupovic, Soyuncu, Evans, Tielemans, Vardy, Albrighton, Perez, Pereira, Mendy, Fuchs, Leshabela.

SECOND HALF: Jakupovic, Justin, Morgan, Maguire, Iheanacho, Amartey, Elder, Ghezzal, Muskwe, King, Leshabela.

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