October 1, 2022

The latest Leicester City news as the Sky Sports pundit says that he went ‘too far’ in his criticism of the £80m Manchester United move
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Sky Sports’ pundit Paul Merson has detailed how he phoned up former Leicester City defender Harry Maguire in order to apologise for criticism he had given the player.
The central defender completed a world-record £80 million move from City to Manchester United back in 2019, but has struggled to live up to that price tag in his time at Old Trafford. Despite remaining as club captain, the England man has been dropped from the starting XI by manager Erik ten Hag for the last four Premier League games.
After impressing for City following a 2017 move from Hull City, Man United came calling for the defender. City were able to extract a fee of £80m from the Red Devils in one of the biggest transfers of the window.
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It was a fee that was described at the time as ‘ridiculous’ by Merson. But the pundit has admitted that he went ‘too far’ with his assessment.
So strong were his feelings, that Merson got in contact with Maguire himself, asking current City boss Brendan Rodgers for his number, so he could apologise. “I don’t want to be right on that – I’d rather be wrong,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph .
“I want England to win the World Cup and Harry Maguire to get the winning goal. It was just my opinion. I rang up Brendan Rodgers and said, ‘Can you get me Harry Maguire's number?’ I didn't feel comfortable with myself. I needed to ring him and say, ‘I don’t agree with the £80m but I shouldn’t have said that and I'm sorry'. I went a little bit too far. He couldn't believe it. Probably thought it was a joke. I don't think he has had a fair crack. He’s struggling and he’s playing on the left when he's right-footed.”
Plenty of other pundits have also criticised the transfer fee paid by Man United since the move. The defender will look to catch the eye during the international break after being included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the UEFA Nations League games against Italy and Germany.
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