Claude Puel unaware if Harry Maguire deal includes release clause
Maguire signed new five-year deal until June 2023 on Monday
Last Updated: 13/09/18 3:23pm
Claude Puel says he is unaware if there is a release clause in the new five-year contract Harry Maguire signed with Leicester.
The England international attracted interest from Manchester United in the summer after a strong World Cup campaign in Russia, but Maguire's new deal saw him pledge his future at the King Power until June 2023.
Maguire has started in all four of Leicester's Premier League games this season, helping the club pick up six points, and Puel insists the new contract represents an important statement by the club.
"I don't know the details of his contract," Puel said, when asked whether there was a release clause.
"I can only say that it is a good feeling for all the club and for our fans. This signing shows the ambition of the club, the owners and for the fans it is very good feeling for the future.
"For the squad also - we kept our best player and it is a good thing to continue to improve. Harry knows his quality and importance for the club. He played very well all the time for the national team."
Puel is unconcerned over whether there be renewed interest in the former Sheffield United and Hull defender once the transfer window reopens in January or in the future.
"The most important thing for me is to continue to work with him and develop him and his team-mates," he said.
"After every season, if there will be other things, we will see."
He added: "Not just Harry, but all the players. He signed a five-year contract. It is not in my mind, or his, to leave the club after one season."
Leicester travel to the Vitality Stadium to face sixth-placed Bournemouth on Saturday and Puel admits it was "extremely difficult" to leave Premier League winning midfielder Andy King out of his 25-man league squad.
"He was a very good player for the squad - all the players like him. He gave fantastic service for this club. I have massive respect for him," Puel said of the midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.
"But I have to take a decision, we had just 25 possibilities and we have a strong squad with a lot of players. He has continued to train with his teammates always with a good spirit and mentality.
"He is a fantastic professional and gentleman. Of course, We will try to manage this difficult situation together."
Puel added: "There were some possibilities [of leaving on loan] but, at the end, he remained until this winter with us. After, we will see."