Puel: Leicester need Maguire and Schmeichel

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Maguire, Schmeichel too valuable for Leicester to lose - Puel

Harry Maguire has received plenty of interest since the World Cup ended, but according to his current boss, that's all it will be. He helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2016 under Aitor Karanka and his performances for them in the top flight in the season after earned him an England call-up.

Maguire joined Leicester only last summer in a £17 million deal from Hull City and quickly went on to establish himself as an integral part of Puel's side.

Manchester United supremo Woodward has been challenged by manager Jose Mourinho to complete two signings before the transfer window shuts on August 9. 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.

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Puyel is keen to retain Maguire, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy after Leicester sold winger Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City for £60m. 'He can continue to perform with Leicester and improve'. "We saw his progress during the second half of the season", said Puel.

Puel added that Maguire's displays for his club last season meant he was "not surprised" by the defender's performances in Russian Federation.

The Leicester duo have been linked with big money moves away from the King Power Stadium this summer, with Maguire attracting the attention of Manchester United, while Schmeichel is being touted as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea. "He's happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent".

"I think we can keep both players - it is crucial for us", the Leicester Mercury quote him as saying.

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