Superstardom won’t change Leicester City’s Harry Maguire

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Harry Maguire of England celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Harry Maguire of England celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) /

Following an enormously successful summer with England at the World Cup, Harry Maguire’s profile increased. Yet he insists – and we concur – that he won’t change his grounded ways.

Harry Maguire was excellent for England at the World Cup – increasing his profile dramatically. Following a successful campaign for Leicester City in 2017/18, he was already on elite clubs’ radars. Scoring the winning goal at Southampton put him into the limelight once again.

Manchester United courted the defender during the transfer window and it showed against Tottenham Hotspur how much they need a defender like the 25-year-old. Leicester City’s owner stood firm after contact – insisting their significant player is not for sale – at any price.

Expect another tough time and much speculation over the Foxes keeping Maguire in January – especially at the season’s end. Of his situation, he said:

"“I want to be on the pitch, whether it is for someone else or for Leicester.“There was always going to be interest over the summer after the team doing so well in Russia.“The owners reiterated I was not for sale and I respected their decision. They gave me the opportunity to play for this club, such a good club on the rise and I respected their decision.“My mind was fully on Leicester since then.” – Harry Maguire(Via: Leicester Mercury)"

After the transfer deadline closed, Maguire Tweeted his excitement. Symbolically, he traveled to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and Jose Mourinho – the team who ‘enquired about his availability‘.

Maguire is even excited about League Cup clashes. Showing purists his organic love of the game. Proving his ‘man of the people’ status; in similar fashion to Jamie Vardy.

Man of the people

It is no shock to see Maguire at one of his brothers’ games, at Chesterfield and lesser leagues. In fact he still attends certain Sheffield United matches, the team he supported as a boy – unless you believe Sheffield Wednesday fan Vardy – and played for, in the Steel City derby aged just 18.

The six-foot-four towering centre-back is no stranger to charity, good causes or meeting his fans and popping back to his former primary school for events, bearing memorabilia as well as gifts. Now he is the event!

Interwoven aspects of Maguire’s life reveal his true personality. He has been with his fiancé since a teenager. Until starring in a major international tournament, he attended them while technically a Premier League player, as a fan with his childhood mates. This is real ‘Roy of the Rovers’ stuff. Unlike some aloof young millionaire athletes.

Everyman Maguire admits his style won’t change: “My life has not really changed, I still do the same things week in week out, train the same way and play the same way. I get recognised more when I’m out, more photos, more autographs but I still do the same thing. I live the same way and perform the same way. It has not really changed much apart from recognition.”

Ambitions beyond Leicester City?

In relation to his England success, the Fox believes Leicester City can achieve greatness once more from their overflowing potential:

"“I’ve been really impressed since I came back.“They’ve had a long pre-season, but I’ve been really impressed with the way they’ve been working.“People brought in seem to have fitted in well. I think we will get better, I really do.“I’m an ambitious player. I’m sure there’s numerous ambitious players [at Leicester City] who want to replicate what I’ve done and play for England.“I think we have a really good, young, talented squad and if we stick together I think we can be a real force this year.” – Harry Maguire(Via: Leicester Mercury)"

To go along with his club aspirations, the former Hull City player could feature at another five international tournaments – although he would be 35-years-of-age by the twilight of his career.

An honest, down-to-earth character authentically emerges on Maguire’s social media platforms. Regularly interacting with his followers on subjects including Netflix and golf, amongst other topics.

A family man who spends time with the same friends he always has. Even if the Sheffield lad makes England captain one day – do not be surprised – you’ll probably still be able to say hello to him while out and about.

That is the present; on the subject of Maguire’s future, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp stated: “It will only be a matter of time before Harry Maguire gets a chance to join one of England’s top-six sides.” Quote via Leicester Mercury.

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Yes, Jamie, that may happen. Yet, Maguire won’t have to move if the Midlands club continue developing their excellently stylish side. Let’s face it; the owners have the wealth to enable large spending. So he may be at a top-six/seven side with Leicester City. In addition, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is not prepared to sell a player contracted for four more years.