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Harry Maguire Rejected Barcelona Transfer Swap To Stay And Fight For His Man Utd Future

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Harry Maguire Rejected Barcelona Transfer Swap To Stay And Fight For His Man Utd Future

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has turned down a potential opportunity to join Barcelona this summer, according to reports.

Maguire struggled for form throughout last season and there were suggestions United might look to sell the England international following the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag.

However, the Dutchman has given his full backing to Maguire, confirming the central defender will keep the club captaincy for the start of the new campaign. 

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According to The Mirror, Maguire has been buoyed by the show of faith from his manager and has now informed his representatives to reject any approach from Barcelona, who are said to be interested in signing the former Leicester defender.

Maguire's name had been mentioned as part of a potential swap deal involving Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

But Maguire has no desire to move to the Nou Camp this summer.

A source told The Mirror: "Some players, especially with some of the criticism flying around, would have been desperate to go if Barcelona came calling.

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"But Harry is unmoved and wants to have a successful season with United. When it comes to mental strength, Harry has it in spades.

Maguire has reportedly turned down the potential chance to join Barcelon (Image: Alamy)
Maguire has reportedly turned down the potential chance to join Barcelon (Image: Alamy)

"As usual he will get down to doing what he does best."

A close friend added: "Harry has been made the scapegoat for Manchester United's poor displays last season.

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"Some so-called big players had far worse games than him. It seems that someone has to pay the price.

"The other season it was David de Gea who has been magnificent during his time at the club."

Maguire has featured in United's last three pre-season friendlies having missed the 4-0 win over Liverpool earlier this month.

He faces increased competition for places this season following the arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

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But Ten Hag says he sees Maguire as a first-choice player this season. 

He is determined to remain at Old Trafford this season (Image: Alamy)
He is determined to remain at Old Trafford this season (Image: Alamy)

"I think he is. Harry has proved it in the past, but he has also to prove it in the present and in the future," Ten Hag said earlier this month.

"I will support him everywhere I can. In the end, he has to do it by himself, and he has the qualities to do it. He's shown it so often in the past. He's played 60 times for England. Harry is really impressive and I expect a lot from him.

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"But there is also internal competition and that is what a club like United needs. You cannot win with 11 players.

"We need a squad, especially this season with so many games. We have the Europa League, the Premier League and the World Cup, so we need a full squad with high-quality players not quantity."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Football, Premier League, Transfers, Barcelona, La Liga

Rory O'Callaghan
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