Harry Maguire ‘SNUBBED incredible £278,000 a week contract offer from Manchester City in favour of joining United’… despite earning almost £100,000 a week LESS at Old Trafford
- Man City’s offer would’ve made Harry Maguire the world’s best paid defender
- The centre back signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford worth £190,000 a week
- Manchester United paid Leicester City £80m – a world record fee for a defender
- Maguire put in a superb debut performance in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea
The 26-year-old moved to Old Trafford in an £80million switch from Leicester last week and signed a six-year contract worth £190,000 a week – £88,000 a week less than City’s offer.
According to the Daily Star, had Maguire accepted City’s offer he would’ve earned £70m over five years and become the world’s best paid defender.
Harry Maguire reportedly rejected a £278,000 offer from Manchester City to join rivals United
Maguire was given the No 5 shirt, previously worn by one of his heroes Rio Ferdinand
Maguire supported United as a child and his allegiance to his boyhood club proved to be enough to sway his decision.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently confirmed he was interested in signing Maguire prior to his move to United but claimed he couldn’t afford him.
‘We were interested in him but we could not afford it and United could afford it,’ Guardiola said.
The centre-back put in a superb debut display as United beat Chelsea 4-0 last Sunday
‘Maguire is an excellent, top class player, a top class central defender. He has all the qualities to work for United. They are contenders, with the players they bought like Maguire.’
The England international made a flying start to his United career by putting in a fine debut performance in a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last Sunday.
Maguire lined up alongside Victor Lindelof at centre back, while fellow new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka also made his debut in a new-look back four.