Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers seemed to be making a point as he played Maguire for 45 minutes in a friendly at Scunthorpe.
While international stars like Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison were given the night off, Maguire was put through his paces in the second half.
While Manchester United and Manchester City dally in their pursuit of the England international, Rodgers appeared to give out a ‘business as usual’ message over his star asset.
Leicester still haven’t received an official bid for Maguire, though they have no intention of letting him go for the £60m initial overtures from United.
City have also been keeping close tabs on Maguire but, like their close rivals, appear reluctant to smash the transfer record fee Leicester are seeking.
A large group of fans waited for the Leicester team to arrive and chanted Maguire’s name when he eventually appeared out of the team bus.
The big defender came on after the break with a 35th minute goal from £30m new boy Ayoze Perez separating the two sides.
He appeared to take it all in his stride, smiling at fans after he was floored by a rocket shot prompting chants of “£80m – you’re having a laugh!’ from home supporters right behind him.
And he must have been heartened from the support from the visiting end who made their feelings known with a chorus of ‘Harry Maguire, we want you to stay.’
United are ‘very close’ to making Harry Maguire the most expensive defender of all time.
That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who said yesterday that the Leicester centre-back would be undergoing a medical at Old Trafford ‘in the next 48 hours’.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to shore up his defence this summer after the club kept a mere seven clean sheets in 2018/19.
They have already spent £50m on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the highest outlay on a full-back in football history.
And now the Red Devils are set to break another record by forking out a whopping £80m on Maguire.