Claude Puel confident Manchester United target Harry Maguire will stay

Leicester City's English defender Harry Maguire celebrates scoring their late equalizer as Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling reacts during the English Premier

Puel is determined not to lose Maguire ahead of the Premier League opener with United next week.

United has struggled to impress in preseason with a patchy squad that has been depleted through injuries and key players resting after the World Cup.

The Englishman emerged as a surprise target of Jose Mourinho's following his performances at the World Cup that garnered attention.

Schmeichel, a 31-year-old, has a contract with Leicester City that runs through 2021, while Maguire's deal - signed on his arrival at Leicester City from Hull City last summer - expires in the summer of 2022. This led to a strong interest in him from Manchester United, with the Red Devils' manager Jose Mourinho unhappy with his current defensive options. The 25-year-old put in a strong show in England's run to thesemi-finals in Russian Federation, featuring in all seven games and scoring in the quarter-final against Sweden. It is believed that the 2015 Premier League champions want at least 10 to 15 million extra for the defender, a price that seems unlikely for United to agree on.

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Maguire's new deal would make him Leicester's second highest earner, just behind England team mate Jamie Vardy.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the manager said: "I am confident about the presence of Harry for this season".

It is understood United valued the player, who starred in England's World Cup campaign, at around £65m but Puel is certain the 25-year-old will remain at the club. Riyad Mahrez was the subject of a club-record £60m bid from Manchester City this summer. He [Maguire] can continue to perform with Leicester and improve and that is the important thing always with a young player. "He's happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent".

"I am confident with this and I think we can give him good ambition and to perform together with Leicester would be the best answer".

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