Brendan Rodgers worked with Harry Maguire at Leicester City and helped turn him into the world’s most expensive defender by the time he was signed by Man Utd in 2019
Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a leading contender to be Manchester United ’s next manager – and that could see a reunion with Harry Maguire.
Maguire kicked-on to become an England international under Rodgers at Leicester City before departing for Manchester United in the summer of 2019.
In the process, Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender having developed at a rapid rate under Rodgers’ guidance.
His departure for United on the eve of the new season was undoubtedly a blow to the Northern Irishman – but the pair left on good terms.
Maguire continued to be involved at Leicester right until the moment his move was confirmed after a lengthy summer of speculation.
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And that was appreciated by Rodgers, who kept in touch with Maguire in the weeks that followed and sung his praises for his conduct.
“I text Harry still now, wish him the best when he was playing with England,” Rodgers said in September 2019, before facing Maguire as a United player for the first time.
“He was a remarkable guy and a fantastic player and for me, his behaviour in the period that he was here, really typified him as a man.
“Even though it was so difficult for him right the way through the summer, from the end of the season right the way through… I’ll always have a big respect for him for that.
“He’s a good guy and he’s gone in there and you can see he’s made them better.”
Whilst Rodgers is a huge fan of Maguire and also name-dropped five United players he clearly rates highly when discussing their recent win at the King Power Stadium.
But the Northern Irishman has recently insisted he is in no rush to leave Leicester despite interest from elsewhere.
Having been linked with the Newcastle United job after their takeover, he said: “100 per cent. I’ve got a contract until 2025. I absolutely love being here.” Rodgers said earlier this month.
“I’m very fortunate, I’ve got a great chief executive [Susan Whelan] who runs the club, and a director of football [Jon Rudkin] I have a close relationship with, and a group of players I really enjoy working with.
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“We have an infrastructure here that allows us to compete.
“For me, as long as they don’t want to move me, I’m very happy here. All the managers, we are working hard to do the best for our teams, and then we have speculation and gossip that goes around, and it can destabilise players and supporters.
“It doesn’t benefit anyone. I’ve been in the game long enough to focus on my job and my role. I’m very happy here to do that.”
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