Claude Puel has made a huge statement of intent on keeping Harry Maguire claiming a potential world-record bid will not convince Leicester City to sell the player.
Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to Manchester United following his excellent performances at the World Cup.
The England defender has wished the Red Devils would launch a bid for him before the end of the transfer window, however, Puel is adamant the Foxes won’t sell the player.
The French gaffer made it clear in a press conference on Thursday ahead of his side’s Premier League curtain-raiser against United, by squashing any hope of selling one of his most prized assets.
“I can confirm he is going to Manchester but only for a couple of hours on Friday night [for the match],” Puel said.
“I am happy to keep Harry of course and all our best players. I want to keep all our best players for this season to maintain a reasonable ambition.
“We lost Riyad (Mahrez) he was a valuable player for us but was essential to keep all our best players and have good additions for the squad.
“Harry came back with a smile. I’m happy about with his attitude in general; he has a good mentality and good spirit. It was important for him to remain with us and keep strong momentum for this season. I am happy to keep him.”
Puel said: “We have had good speaking with Harry recently and with the chairman also and we cannot change our things just before a game and just before the new season, it is not possible for us.
“We have to prepare this season with good possibility.
“For me, it was important to give Harry the feeling when he came back with us to come back into a squad with good strength and good ambition, and I think in the transfer window for us we show him we have good attributes, good players and a good balance in the squad.”