Real Madrid joining Manchester United in chase for Leicester City
DATE: 29.07.2018 /- TCF - FILBERTWAY
Leicester City manager Claude Puel is
again fighting a battle that looks certain to be lost. He might be
able to hold on to Harry Maguire for the next few months, but is it
possible to keep a player happy when
Real Madrid comes knocking on the door
Harry Maguire is at the moment among the hottest football properties
on the planet earth, and for Leicester City to compete with giants
such as Manchester United and Real Madrid when they are prepared to
pay almost a billion for a player, is a tall order.
Puel had to say goodbye to Riyad Mahrez earlier in the summer, and
Harry Maguire looks certain to be tempted to join Real Madrid or
Manchester United. He will honour the contract at Leicester City,
but such a chance might not ever be coming back.
To keep players who are unhappy or have other plans than to battle
for a place in the Leicester City team might not be the ideal
solution long term. It gives a message to the other players, but
again would love to keep Maguire.
Claude Puel has said that he will build his
team around Harry Maguire, a cunning plan, but is it a long term
ambition for the club to build a team around a player who has only
been with the club for one full season and probably has eyes on
To stop approaches from bigger clubs is of course a strategy, but in
the long run is it wise to do so. Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City,
Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the
clubs you might have to sell to, if they offer you enough money.
Most professional players are interested to see how far they can go
in football. Leicester City showed that they were not able to build
from their Premier League win and instead fell like a stone the
season after, making errors and wrong decissions in the transfer
We have seen over the past two seasons that finishing mid-table is
enough to save your job at Leicester City, for the clubs mentioned
above that would be a total disaster.
You will at those clubs get the sack with a track record that would
have made you a saint at Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri made one
big mistake telling everyone that that season he managed to win the
Premier League was a miracle.
Ranieri said to his players, that I will not believe one second that
you can repeat what you did last season again next season, what they
did was not a miracle it was very simple a group of players
performing well and steady in all their games.
Would love to see all the best players at Leicester City staying,
but then the goals must be more bold than finishing mid-table,
because then you will not be able to keep England internationals
happy, they want more.
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