Leicester Boss Jokes about Harry Maguire’s Transfer to Manchester United

Harry Maguire has now been a long time target for the manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho but Leicester boss Claude Puel has brushed aside this deal totally.

Football news: The England international player is happy to stay at his current club

The transfer target will close at 5pm BST (12pm ET) on Thursday, and Leicester will travel to Old Trafford the next day to play their opening game of their Premier League.

Puel has stressed on the fact that Maguire along with his teammate Jamie Vardy has returned from Russia in good spirits after the World Cup and is currently happy at the club.

"I'm confident he's going to Manchester United, but only for a couple of hours with us," Puel joked with reporters.

"We want to keep our best players for the squad and for the season, we want to keep a good ambition.

"He has come back with a smile. Harry is a fantastic man. He showed his quality with the national team. He came back with a good spirit and attitude.

"I'm happy about Harry and Jamie [Vardy], they came back with a smile. I'm happy about the attitude of Harry, it's important for him to remain with us, and to bring strong momentum for this season, I'm happy to keep him.

"Harry, he's happy also to remain with us."

United boss Mourinho has expressed his views earlier on Thursday that he is not expecting any more signings to be arriving at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.

United has been looking for centre-halves for a long time, but Mourinho doubts whether any more deals will be done. He told the reporters, “I'm not confident and the market closes today.

“So it's time – at least for me – to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches.

”Maybe [it’s] three matches because, after Spurs, there is [an] international break. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available.

“So I'm not even thinking about that list of injured players – [Nemanja] Matic, [Antonio] Valencia and so on. I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match.”

When he was asked to confirm if he is expecting any movement on Thursday, he said, “The information I have is no.”