Claude Puel has warned José Mourinho that attempting to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester next month would be a waste of time.

After rebuffing an offer from Manchester United last summer, the Foxes managed to tie the England centre back to a new five-year deal worth a reported £20m - and Puel is confident his side will hold onto the 25-year-old, even if United come for a second bite at the cherry.

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“We cannot have guarantees but I think Harry decided this summer to remain with us and play with us for another season,” the Frenchman told ​The Mirror. “He is happy with us and saw the quality of the team and its ambition.”

Maguire gained widespread recognition during a stellar World Cup campaign for England, scoring an emphatic headed goal against Sweden to help his national side progress to the semi-finals. He was made a priority target by Mourinho as the Portuguese sought to bring defensive reinforcements to Old Trafford last summer, but ​the Foxes held onto their man - and Puel doesn’t foresee any issues arising in the next transfer window.

“Harry is a valuable player for the club and it is important to keep our best players and maintain our ambition this season … I think we will not have a problem this winter because we have a good squad with good guys.”

Maguire is set to feature in Saturday’s clash with ​Spu​rs after spending five weeks out with a knee injury he sustained playing against Cardiff. Puel confirmed the burly Yorkshireman was back in training and in line for a return to the squad, along with fellow defender Jonny Evans.

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In less positive news for Leicester City fans, however, ​Jamie Vardy has been ruled out of Premier League action this weekend, as he continues to receive treatment for a persistent groin injury.