New Delhi l Jagran Sports Desk: Manchester United has confirmed the signing of star player Harry Maguire from Leicester City (LCFC) for a record 80 million pound deal. Harry has signed a six-year contract with the club based at Old Trafford with an option to extend one more year.

Maguire, 26 is an English international who joined LCFC in 2017 and has made 76 appearances scoring five goals. He is expected to strengthen the red devils faltering defence that leaked 54 goals during the previous season. Manchester United had ended 6th in the EPL race for 2018-19 season.

"I am delighted to have signed for this great club," Maguire told United's official website.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leicester and would like to thank everyone at the club, and the fans, for their fantastic support over the past two seasons.

"However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity.

"From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It's clear to see that Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting the season started.

Manchester United Manager, Ole Gunner Solksjaer praised the player. "Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature. He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch, with the ability to remain calm under pressure - coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes - I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch," Solksjaer was quoted as saying to manutd.com.

”He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club. I would like to welcome Harry to Manchester United and we are looking forward to working with him as we prepare for the new season," Solksjaer added.

Manchester United is set to play their opening premier league match against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11.

Posted By: James Kuanal