Harry Maguire remains fully committed to Sheffield United, Andy Butler has revealed, despite the continued uncertainty surrounding his future at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Maguire, a former England under-21 international, is expected to feature during tonight’s friendly against Dundee amid claims that Hull City are preparing an improved £2m plus bid after having two previous offers rejected by the League One club’s board.
But Butler, who joined United from Walsall earlier this summer, described his fellow centre-half’s attitude as exemplary ahead of the meeting with Paul Hartley’s side.
“Harry has been absolutely brilliant,” Butler told The Star. “Obviously, as everybody knows, there has been a lot of talk and speculation but it’s not affecting him one bit.
“If it is then it certainly doesn’t show which speaks volumes about him anyway. He’s trained really well and has been brilliant to work with.”
Maguire, aged 21, has been an ever present during United’s first two warm-up fixtures ahead of the 2014/15 season with manager Nigel Clough, who held talks with the player earlier this month, insisting following Tuesday’s draw at Northampton Town that City have not been in contact since tabling a package, initially worth £1.75m, nearly a fortnight ago.
“If anything else has come in then I’m not aware of it,” Clough said. “There’s nothing new to report and he remains in our plans.”