Rodgers hopeful over Maguire as clubs have not met his valuation
Brendan Rodgers claims Leicester are ‘relaxed’ about the future of Harry Maguire because their valuation of him has still not been met.
The 26-year-old England international has consistently been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium this summer as both Manchester United and Manchester City are believed to be vying for his signature.
United have reportedly had one bid rejected as it fell well short of the Foxes’ valuation, which is believed to be around the £80million mark – a world record for a defender.
In the meantime, Maguire has continued preparing for the new season with the Foxes and featured as a second half substitute in their 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening.
And, speaking afterwards, Rodgers praised Maguire for the way he has conducted himself in training and insisted that they are still hopeful he will stay put.
The former Liverpool and Celtic boss said: ‘The simplicity is that there is a valuation that hasn’t been met yet and until that happens he is very much focused on being a Leicester player.
‘It’s pretty straightforward, he’s a top class defender and we’d love him to stay but of course we understand when there is someone of that quality then there is always going to be interest.
‘But all credit to him, how he’s conducted himself has been absolutely superb – he hasn’t shown anything but sheer professionalism throughout.
‘There’s obviously been a lot of speculation surrounding him but we’re relaxed about it.
‘ Rodgers also revealed that the Foxes do have possible replacements lined up should Maguire depart in this transfer window.
He added: ‘You always have a contingency plan, you have to.
‘The club have been very good at that and we have a number of targets we would look at if we do lose Harry.’