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Transfer Talk: Maguire set to stay at Man Utd amid Villa links

With the January transfer window now open around Europe there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Maguire staying put at Man Utd

Fabrizio Romano has shut down any reports that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire will be moving to Aston Villa.

While speculation has run rife over the centre-back’s future, Romano states that they have been denied by all parties involved and that there are no talks or negotiations ongoing. He also says that the current position remains very clear: Maguire will be staying at Old Trafford for now.

This update comes despite the 29-year-old having struggled for minutes since manager Erik ten Hag’s arrival at the Red Devils.

So far this season, Maguire has managed just 13 appearances and 621 minutes across the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup this term. Just seven of those appearances have come in the league, with four of those being starts.

Maguire impressed at the heart of Gareth Southgate’s defence as England reached the World Cup quarterfinal before being knocked out by France, but that doesn’t seem to have convinced Ten Hag, who has preferred to play Luke Shaw at centre-back at times.

There might have been some encouragement when Maguire played the full 90 minutes in Man United’s 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth last week, although he was then reduced to a seven-minute cameo in Friday’s FA Cup win at Everton.

If the lack of game time continues then speculation around Maguire’s future could too, but it seems as though the move to Villa won’t be happening.

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