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Leicester boss Puel excited by potential of Maguire

Leicester City boss Claude Puel is excited by the potential of Harry Maguire.

Puel has revealed he is coaching Maguire to be a top ball-playing defender like Virgil van Dijk.

He explained: “Virgil in the beginning was a player comfortable with the ball with good qualities and good potential.

“But he played before with the defence just on the box without space behind him, without cover for the full-back.

“Last season we tried to play higher up the pitch, to have possession and to defend one against one, with 15 metres in his back.

“It is different things and an evolution, he made progress about this.

“For Harry it is a little bit the same thing, to take confidence one against one, to stay in contact with his striker.

“After, he has good technique and is comfortable also with the ball.

“We look to make progress sometimes on set-pieces and also in anticipation.

“But he is a young player with quality and an international player.

“He has to continue his form and improve. I am satisfied about him."

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