Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has spoken out for the first time about his failed move to West Ham United.
The English defender, who is away on international duty under Gareth Southgate, has received some criticism for deciding to stay put at Old Trafford and not make the move to David Moyes’ side.
The deal forHarry Maguire was agreed but the transfer seemingly collapsed at the eleventh hour with The Guardian claiming that the compensation that the defender was owed from United, and the reluctance of the Old Trafford club to pay it, meant that the 30-year-old defender stayed at the club.
Maguire has spoken openly about the failed move to the Hammers and his reasons for staying in Manchester.
Why the West Ham deal collapsed
When asked about the speculation of a move away from the club, due to a lack of game time, he told the Daily Express: “I know, at the moment, when I have not started a game in the first four games of the season, the story comes to me. I want to play games, I want to play football.”
“How can I put this? (Why the move to West Ham fell through) We just didn’t come to an agreement,” he said.
It now seems the English defender will remain at Old Trafford for another season, although whether he will receive the game time he is looking for remains to be seen.
Does Maguire have a future at United
The Englishman has not started a Premier League game this season and was introduced from the bench during the Arsenal game and received a raucous reception from the Gunners faithful.
“They (United) were happy for me to stay and I was happy to fight for my place,” the former Leicester City man said. “I want to do that and every time I train or play I will give everything.”
With news that Lisandro Martinez may not return for the game against Brighton & Hove Albion, according to The Telegraph, it seems that the Englishman may well be back in the first-team fold under Erik ten Hag.