Harry Maguire has sworn his loyalty to Leicester. He’s never ever leaving. Ever.
Alright, so that may have been a bit of an exaggeration, but the signs are still positive as Maguire had some interesting quotes in the Leicester Mercury:
I knew when I joined Leicester it was a big team, a big club in the Premier League. We have got a good owner who wants the club to move forward and upwards, instead of looking below us. I know the club is on an upward curve and, hopefully, I will be a part of that for the future. - Harry Maguire
It is promising to see that the 24-year-old has such a positive outlook on the future of the club. This should also quell some of the fears of losing our biggest talents to the modern transfer market.
Though Riyad Mahrez will inevitably depart, and other talents will leave along the way, the ‘upward curve’ that Maguire refers to should be exciting to supporters. It serves as recognition that the club and its ambitions are to be taken seriously.
Many expected City to fade back into relative obscurity after the title-winning season, but it appears unwilling to do so. Between the additions of several promising young talents (such as Maguire, Wilfred Ndidi, and Fousseni Diabaté), the reluctance to sell established stars, and the apparent financial growth, Leicester City is poised to gain legitimacy as a “big club.”
Leicester City have been ranked 14th in Deloitte's 'richest clubs'; up from 20th in last year's table.— Blue Army TV (@bluearmy) January 23, 2018
Total revenue last year of £271.1m (Man Utd are first with £676.3m)
Holding on to a talent like Harry Maguire would go a long way towards this goal. The young center-back has played every single Premier League minute so far this season, and has become indispensable in the process.
His stock in the world of soccer/football has soared as people have taken note of his immense talents. So much so, in fact, that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City were said to be willing to pay £50 million for his services - just a few months after the Foxes purchased him for £17 million.
Maguire’s combination of strength, defensive prowess, and offensive comfort make him a unique player with an unknowably bright future. Regardless of whether he is to become the captain of England, or even the next Franz Beckenbauer, there is one thing we all hope he remains: a Fox.