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15th Aug 2018

Harry Maguire’s Leicester offer has significant pay-rise, but still well short of what he could earn

He was linked with a move to Manchester United all summer but now the player looks likely to agree a new contract with Leicester

Reuben Pinder

He was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

Harry Maguire is set to be offered a new contract by Leicester City that will see his wages rise by £30k per week.

He is currently earning a reported £45k per week and would take home £75k before tax if he signs a new contract with the Foxes.

The centre-back had an excellent World Cup, scoring the opening goal in England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals and proving to be a key component in Gareth Southgate’s back three system with and without the ball.

He is equally important to Leicester, who are keen to tie the 25-year-old down to a new long term deal in order to fend off the likes of Manchester United, who were strongly linked with the player all summer.

Harry Maguire

According to The Telegraph, Maguire is in ‘advanced’ talks with the club over a new deal and Leicester chiefs are hopeful of reaching an agreement with him before the end of the month.

Should his wages rise to £75,000, that figure would still fall well short of the sum he could earn at a bigger club like Manchester United, but the continuity may be exactly what he’s looking for after a breakthrough summer of sorts with England.

When you consider that Ashley Young earns £110,000 a week, Romelu Lukaku £200,000 – Maguire could easily be earning a lot more but his stance goes to show that it’s not about the money for all players.

Maguire played the full 90 minutes of Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at United on Friday night, just four days after returning from his holiday.

Claude Puel, the Leicester manager, said: “I’m happy about Harry and Jamie, they came back with a smile.

“I’m happy about the attitude of Harry, it’s important for him to remain with us, and to bring strong momentum for this season, I’m happy to keep him. Harry, he’s happy also to remain with us.”

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