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Harry Maguire looking forward to facing Newcastle United on Friday night

1 year ago
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Harry Maguire is desperately hoping he is selected on Friday night.

The defender hasn’t started a Premier League game for a month: due to suspension, international break and the birth of his daughter.

The England and Leicester centre-back scored at St James Park earlier this season in a 2-0 win.

He is impressed by the new manager, who after losing to Watford in his first game with Leicester, Brendan Rodgers has overseen four wins in a row.

Harry Maguire believes Leicester City have shown real ambition in bringing Rodgers to the club: ‘It has shown really great ambition from us in luring him here from such a big club like Celtic, but no it’s a great ambition for our Club to now have him here and hopefully we can push on.’

Rafa Benitez started his Newcastle United job with a 1-0 defeat at Leicester three days after taking over. The Foxes going on to win the Premier League that season whilst Newcastle were relegated.

Rafa will hope for a repeat of last April when NUFC were by far the better team, Harry Maguire and his teammates lucky to only lose 2-1.

Harry Maguire talking to official club site:

“I missed one game through suspension and then obviously the birth of my daughter, but it’s good watching them do really well.

“I want to be part of it, I want to be involved and I’m looking forward to Friday.

“You’ve seen over the last four games that we’ve started to pick up results that we feel our performances have warranted.

“We’re scoring the first goal in a lot of games which is really important for ourselves and then we can kick on and go and get a second and third like we have done in the last game.

“The performances have been really good and I think that in every game, we’ve deserved to win the game and I think that’s very pleasing.

“It’s been really positive (since Brendan Rodgers has arrived), a really good coach who will improve us as a team massively, he’ll improve individuals massively as well.

“It has shown really great ambition from us in luring him here from such a big club like Celtic, but no it’s a great ambition for our Club to now have him here and hopefully we can push on.

“He breeds confidence into players. I think you’ll see from the younger players, he’ll bring them through, he’s an excellent coach.

“He does a lot of work on the training pitch and his man management is really top. It’s something that he sees, he takes it away from players, he makes decisions himself.

“You look back on it and it probably is the right decision, but it’s something that he has brought to the Club really well and it has made a really big impact.”

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