Manchester United will return for Harry Maguire at some stage, says Emile Heskey, with Leicester warned to expect further interest in a man they have tied to a new long-term contract.
Those at Old Trafford spent much of the summer transfer window trying to acquire a proven centre-half.
Maguire, having impressed for England at the 2018 World Cup, was among those identified as top targets for Jose Mourinho.
United were to be left frustrated as the deadline passed with no deals done, but they are likely to make a fresh bid to bolster their ranks when the next opportunity to add presents itself.
Former Leicester striker Heskey told Express Sport on the chances of that pursuit involving Maguire: “Having a contract never put anyone off.
“I’m guessing they’ll just be looking at their transfer kitty and the names they want.
“They’ll go again, but having signed a new contract I can see Maguire is very happy, Leicester are happy and he’s at a good club.”
Maguire has committed to fresh terms with the Foxes through to 2023.
He has been able to remain focused throughout the speculation surrounding his future, with Heskey quick to hail those qualities.
“I’m guessing it would be fairly hard to continue playing when you’ve got the likes of Manchester United so adamant that they want you,” added the ex-England international.
“But you could see how professional he was.
“It never troubled his game. He went out there and performed – it was great to see.
“Now he’s signed he can focus fully on putting in performances for Leicester and enjoying his football.”
Maguire has conceded that United made their interest known over the summer, but insists he was never close to making a move away from the King Power Stadium.
He said: “No, I don’t think so.
“There was a little bit of interest there and then but it was always on my mind when I spoke to the owners, who wanted to keep me at the club and extend my contract, that I wanted to play for this club.
“The last two years have been remarkable for myself.
“I obviously got relegated at Hull and then joined such a great club in Leicester last season.
“I played every game in the Premier League and to make a World Cup squad and to reach a semi-final is something that I am really proud of.”