Yesterday evening Leicester City announced the capture of Hull City’s Harry Maguire.
With speculation suggesting the deal was done earlier this week, that has proven to be true with the 24 year old coming in for an undisclosed fee – believed to be worth around the £17million mark in total – with the England hopeful signing a five year contract with us.
He’ll link up with his new team mates in early June ahead of the pre season training camp out in Austria.
Speaking to lcfc.com as his signing was announced, Maguire explained.
‘It`s obviously a very exciting time for myself. Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I`m here so I can`t wait to get the season started and kick on. There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the Club is going. It`s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer. You can see that with the structure of the Club, it`s going to look upwards rather than down so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.’
The centre half was born in Sheffield and made his professional debut for Sheffield United in April 2011, making more than 100 appearances for the club across three seasons before Hull came in for him in the summer of 2014.
Maguire featured 33 times for Hull in their promotion winning campaign of 2015/16, making 36 appearances – mostly starts – last season as they failed to avoid the drop.
He did take their Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards for his performances though.
Speaking of his Premier League experience, Maguire went on to explain.
‘Playing nearly every game in the Premier League for Hull has definitely helped me – I know that I can play at that level. Staying in the Premier League was a big priority because last year I felt I proved myself. Hopefully as a team with Leicester, we can kick on and push on to get into the top half, which is what we`re aiming for.’
‘I`ve been fortunate throughout my career to have learnt from some good, solid and experienced professionals and coming to the Club was another reason. I looked at Wes Morgan and obviously Robert Huth, who have been here for a number of years. They won the title here and they`ve been there and done it in the Premier League day in, day out. With my experience in the Premier League, overall I set my sights on defending, but I can play with the ball at my feet and I`m comfortable doing so, so hopefully I can show the fans that.’