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United are on the rise, says new boy Harry

 

Harry Maguire is convinced Manchester United have a bright future ahead after completing his £80m move to Old Trafford.

The England defender has signed a six-year contract, with the option of a further year, after United met Leicester's demand for a world-record fee for a defender.

He is the club's third signing of the summer after Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuilds his squad after last season's frustrating sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old, who was also linked with champions Manchester City, believes he has joined the club at an exciting time.

Maguire said: "I'm so proud to be here. It's such a big club and I'm really looking forward to getting started. I'm hoping it will be a successful season and I'll give everything I've got for this club.

"It's a young team now and we've got big ambitions for the future. From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team.

"It's clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies."

Maguire added: "I think you've seen the players that we've brought in already this year. You can see they're trying to build and improve on last season and I'm sure we'll do that."

Maguire's future had been the subject of speculation all summer. City were interested but were unwilling to meet a valuation by Leicester that eclipsed the £75m Liverpool paid for centre-back Virgil van Dijk last year.

The Foxes were in a strong negotiating position having tied Maguire to a new five-year contract last September they made a handsome profit on a player they signed from Hull for an initial £12m two years ago.

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