‘We can push him further’: Brendan Rodgers wants Harry Maguire to stay at Leicester to help him develop this summer but ‘targets James Tarkowski as a replacement should he leave’
- Brendan Rodgers believes Leicester can further develop Harry Maguire
- The England international is reportedly a target for several top clubs
- Manchester United were interested last year and could swoop this summer
- The Foxes have ‘identified James Tarkowski’ as a replacement should Maguire go
Brendan Rodgers wants Harry Maguire to stay at Leicester so he can take his game to the next level this summer.
But the Foxes boss has reportedly identified Burnley’s James Tarkowski as a potential replacement should he decide to leave the club.
Maguire was one of Jose Mourinho‘s five defensive targets at Manchester United last summer and the Red Devils are said to be one of a number top clubs interested in the highly-rated England international.
Harry Maguire is reportedly a target of several big clubs including Manchester United
Brendan Rodgers believes he can develop Maguire further if he decides to stay at Leicester
But the Mirror claim that should the Foxes lose Maguire they will turn to James Tarkowski
The 26-year-old has continued to impress in the East Midlands but Rodgers believes he can develop his game further – should he decide to stay at the club.
‘Harry is a top-level centre-half, let’s make that clear, there’s no doubt about that,’ Rodgers told the Sunday Mirror.
‘But there are still areas of his game he can improve upon – absolutely there are. He has age on his side. He can get better. No question.
‘What he already has is incredible pace. And, first and foremost, he’s a defender who enjoys heading the ball.
Maguire continues to catch the eye with his performances for Leicester in the Premier League
Rodgers has been impressed with his pace and heading ability but believes he can improve
‘How many times have you heard about defenders who can’t head the ball? Harry’s not one of those.
‘He can defend the box. What happens when you play for big teams is that you have to be comfortable on the ball. And he has that.
He added: ‘But we have identified areas for him to work on this summer. We can push him even further. I’m convinced he can develop.’
The former Sheffield United defender has become a first-choice centre-half for the national side under Gareth Southgate and announced himself on the elite stage during England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer.
Burnley’s 26-year-old stopper Tarkowski has made more than 100 appearances for the Clarets
Interest in the defender is likely to be rekindled during the transfer window, and Leicester have also reportedly made contingency plans should the Yorkshireman be taken off their hands.
The Mirror claim the Foxes have targeted Burnley defender Tarkowski as a potential replacement.
The England international is the same age as Maguire and has made more than 100 appearances for the Clarets since arriving from Brentford in 2016.
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