Harry Maguire’s anticipated move to West Ham has been called off as he vowed to battle for a spot at Manchester United.
The England defender, 30, appeared ready to join the Hammers after the teams agreed on a deal of £30 million.
Maguire was deprived of his leadership this season after struggling for first-team opportunities last season.
United, on the other hand, has stated that they will respect his desires and will not kick him out of the club.
According to a source close to the player, Maguire “respects West Ham and David Moyes,” but there was “never an agreement in place” about his personal terms.
“Harry remains settled at United, loves the club, and believes he will have plenty of opportunities to play this season,” they continued.
Maguire was on the bench for United’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Monday but did not play, despite the fact that manager Erik ten Hag employed five replacements and replaced central defender Lisandro Martinez at halftime with Victor Lindelof.
Prior to the game, Ten Hag stated that Maguire should leave United if he is not confident enough to compete for a first-team berth.
United paid Leicester City a record £80 million to make Maguire the world’s most expensive defender in 2019, with Pep Guardiola also interested in signing him.
However, after being given the captain’s armband by previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has struggled following a promising debut season with the club.
An incident in Mykonos, where he received a 21-month suspended sentence for striking a police officer and attempting bribery, appeared to have an affect on his football.
Following a heated fight with Cristiano Ronaldo about the leadership, his Cheshire house was also the target of a bomb threat.