Brendan Rodgers is aware that Manchester United may rekindle their interest in Harry Maguire, but the new Leicester City manager insists the transfer talk “doesn’t worry me”.During the summer of 2018, the Foxes defender emerged as a top target for those at Old Trafford.His performances for England at the World Cup in Russia helped to raise his profile, and his price tag. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jose Mourinho was keen to bring in reinforcements at centre-half, but United failed to deliver on those demands and the Portuguese saw a difficult window contribute to his eventual demise.He may no longer be at the Red Devils helm, but speculation suggesting that Maguire remains a target for those in Manchester continues to rumble on.It may be that a formal approach is made at the end of the current campaign, but Rodgers insists he is not overly concerned by the rumours surrounding the future of key men at the King Power Stadium.He said in the Leicester Mercury when quizzed on United’s links to Maguire: “They may well come in. But it doesn’t worry me.“I think all you can worry is that you make the team the very best they can be.“You always have to be prepared for that moment as a club. It happens. But at this moment in time, I’m thinking about the team, and making the best that we can.”For now, Rodgers is enjoying working with Maguire.The 26-year-old has already established a reputation as one of the finest centre-halves in the Premier League, with his ability to mix brute strength with composure on the ball considered to make him a perfect fit for the English top-flight.Rodgers added on a man who slips seamlessly into his preferred system: “He can step in, but firstly, he can defend.“He wins his headers, very powerful, he’s brave, he gets blocks in, but the type of game I have always promoted the need to have some comfort on the ball at the back, and he can step in, make passes, so he’s a big talent.”Maguire is currently tied to a contract at Leicester through to 2023, with a long-term extension agreed on the back of the exit talk he sparked last summer.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are in Hyderabad for a must-win game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Virat Kohli’s usual breakfast includes an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon, a papaya or a watermelon.It’s grilled chicken, fish and vegetables in lunch and dinner.And when you are in Hyderabad, how could one not eat some authentic Hyderabadi biryani for dinner?A day before the high-voltage clash against table-toppers SRH, a few members of the RCB squad along with Kohli reached Mohammed Siraj’s home to enjoy a delicious dinner.Siraj is a Hyderabad local but plays for the Royal Challengers.On Sunday, after practice, Kohli and a few other RCB players including Parthiv Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal reached Siraj’s home at Tolichowki and enjoyed Hyderabadi biryani.They were also served patthar ka gosht, korma, khoobani ka mertha and double ka meetha besides biryani.Siraj first came into the reckoning back in 2017 when he was bought for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after a sensational run in the domestic circuit.Later that year, he also went on to make his debut for India.Siraj comes from a lower middle-class family; his father drove an auto-rickshaw for a living.In 2018, Siraj was bought by RCB for 2.6 crore.Last year, he played six matches for SRH and picked 10 wickets. In six matches for RCB this season, he has taken four wickets.RCB face a stiff challenge against SRH later today. Currently languishing at sixth on the points table, Kohli’s men have won only three matches out of nine.advertisementKohli has led from the front with 357 runs but he has not been able to inspire similar heroics from his teammates. Nothing better than some home-made Hyderabadi biryani to get them in the mood ahead of a crucial contest.
NATHAN Brown said that the performance was “for the fans” after Saints beat Wigan 22-16 on Monday.His side recorded a dramatic late try – and a great win – to send Langtree Park into raptures.“I thought it was a good result!” Brown said. “Our defence was as good as it has been at any stage of the year. We hung in there and it was great.“In the last 20 minutes we were down to one sub and poor old Paul Wellens ended up playing in four spots. The boys showed good character.“We dropped the ball, they scored and then we defended our line for a long period. That was the difference in the game really. I’m really happy for the players, they have been working hard all year, and the fans too. It was pleasing to produce something for them.”He continued: “I thought Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook stood up and played well. He’s found his right position and that helps. Joe Greenwood went back out there and rewarded his teammates’ faith with that try. He has a long way to go and some decisions to make. He has a lot of talent and I’m confident he will be a good long term player for the club.“Adam Swift was terrific too I thought; he had been pushing permanent spot before London and then got injured. He’s come back and done well at Whitehaven. He will develop and has a lot of good years ahead of him.“You don’t coach for yourself, I just love doing it. Today was great for the staff, the medical team, coaches, strength and conditioning staff, the players and fans.“It has been a tough time and the players and fans care and are emotional. The players want to compete for them. We’ve had five or six decent weeks and now we have to maintain that and keep on improving.”