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Leicester boss Puel considering rest for Maguire

Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claude Puel has admitted he is considering giving Harry Maguire a rest.

The 25-year-old central defender has played 63 matches in all competitions since the beginning of last season, including seven at this summer's World Cup as England reached the semi-finals and finished fourth in the tournament.

"Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it," said Puel ahead of his side's home game against Huddersfield on Saturday.

"To participate in a competition like the World Cup is tough to come back with good focus and freshness and concentration, this is a common thing.

"But if I rest him for this game and we lose, I know I will be criticised.

"But it is important to keep players fresh and we must have a good focus about this. Players need to have some protection."

England defender Maguire signs new five-year contract with Leicester

England defender Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester, the Foxes have announced. Credit: PA

England defender Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester, the Foxes have announced.

The 25-year-old joined Leicester from Hull in the summer of 2017 and played every minute of their Premier League campaign last season before helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Maguire, who Manchester United were reportedly interested in over the summer, said on Leicester's official website: "Ever since I came to this club, I've always reiterated how good they've been to me.

"They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League and built a great platform for me to go and perform at the World Cup, so I thank them a lot. I owe them a lot and I'm looking forward to the future."

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