England international Harry Maguire has expressed his delight after making the switch to Manchester United from Leicester City. The 26-year-old was touted to seal the transfer to Old Trafford at the start of last month, but the Foxes’ reluctance to lower the asking price has meant that the deal has been completed prior to the transfer deadline.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Maguire admitted that he is elated to secure the move to the Red Devils and he is looking forward to winning trophies with the club. He added that he has been impressed with the manager’s philosophy of building a young team and he is excited by what the future holds for the club.
He said: “I’m really proud to be here. It’s such a big club and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I’m hoping it will be a successful season and I’ll give everything I’ve got for this club. It’s a young team now and we’ve got big ambitions for the future. From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It’s clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies. I think you’ve seen the players that we’ve brought in already this year. You can see they’re trying to build and improve on last season and I’m sure we’ll do that.”
United had shown a reluctance to meet the Foxes’ £80m last month and it appeared that they could potentially miss out on the defender’s signature. However, the need to strengthen the backline meant that they had to bow to the demands of the east Midlands outfit and it remains to be seen whether Maguire can live up to the hefty price tag.
Maguire is expected to join the United squad for training from Tuesday and he could make his debut during the Premier League opener against Chelsea. He has already earned sufficient amount of gametime in pre-season with the Foxes and should not have concerns of getting up to speed before the curtain-raiser on August 11.