Puel Not Concerned With Maguire Rumours
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has said he has no concerns that centre half Harry Maguire is being linked with Manchester City this January window.
Sky Sports have released a piece saying that they understand Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Maguire, with City known to be on the search for a centre back this window, but Sky don't believe he is to be targeted during January - they are just staying aware of his progress.
In any event Puel believes it can only be 'a good thing' because it means clearly that Maguire's performance are being noticed and that means he's doing well for us and the player himself should use it as motivation to do even better.
Having come in from Hull City over the summer for £17million, the 24 year old has since broken into the England squad and he seems to be going from strength to strength.
'I think it is a good thing to have some players like that with speculation in the transfer window. This shows we have a good player. That is a good thing. It is a young player signed only this season for us. He has improved and he continues his hard work in the training sessions. He needs to continue this work with us.'
Puel also used the interview to restate that he wanted to keep Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani despite the speculation linking them with moves away this window.
He did however concede that some players would move on.
'We will see for some players if they need or want more game time. I think it is important to get a good balance in the squad. It is a question of respect and to keep them with a good attitude and with good ambition in the squad.'
Another player subject to speculation is Kelechi Iheanacho who has been hit with injury following his £25million arrival from Manchester City over the summer, but he has struggled to impress when fit but Puel remains hopeful for the future when it comes to the youngster.
'Iheanacho is a young player, he signed this season with us and we have to develop him and I hope he can have more game time in the second part of the season.'