Sheffield United: Maguire expected back at training

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Sheffield United expect Harry Maguire to report to the Redtooth Academy for the start of pre-season training today, The Star understands.

Maguire, the South Yorkshire club’s star centre-half, has been the subject of interest from both Premier League side Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers over the summer, and has asked discussions over a new contract at Bramall Lane to be put on hold.

Manager Nigel Clough has insisted that United are under no pressure to cash-in on their prized asset, who has entered the final year of his contract at the League One club.

And despite the interest from elsewhere, United do not expect the youngster to attempt to force their hand by staying away from pre-season training.

“Harry is a smart young man,” Jim Phipps, United’s new co-chairman following Prince Abdullah’s enforced resignation from the Bramall Lane board, said earlier this week.

“And he has an ambitious agent, so we’ll see what choices he makes. But from our perspective, he’s with us for the next year and that’s that.”

England U21 international Maguire has made 133 league starts for United since making his debut as a substitute against Cardiff back in April 2011.

He has since established a reputation as one of the brightest young defenders in English football, and has been named in the PFA’s League One ‘team of the year’ for the last two seasons.