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Leicester City defender Johhny Evans has praised Harry Maguire and backed him to succeed at Manchester United. The 26-year-old, who recently made a move to Old Trafford in a world-record £80m deal, is currently gearing up to face his former club in the next Premier League game.

Evans served as a United player before switching to Sunderland and then Leicester City. The 31-year-old is in awe of his former teammate, with whom he spent just one season at the King Power Stadium.

“I think Harry will be at Old Trafford for eight, nine or ten years,” Evans told the Daily Mirror ahead of a clash between his current and former teams in the Premier League this weekend.

“When it comes to that point, I think people will look back at the fee and say it was a bargain.”

“I’ve been really impressed with Harry, I think he’ll go on to be a real success at United and he could go on to be their captain, there’s no doubt about that.”

“I only spent a season playing with him, but it felt like we formed a good relationship, on and off the pitch,” he went on.”

“He’s a fantastic player and he suits everything United are looking for.”

“Not just in his playing style, but how he behaves off the pitch and the personality he can bring.”

“We talk about the pressure of being at United, but I think it’s the level of scrutiny that’s the hardest thing to get used to,” he added

“Harry’s got the personality to handle that. He’s a very laid-back character, but also very driven to succeed and a very intelligent guy.”

“He’s unbelievable with the ball at his feet, can attack the ball well in the air, and, with all that in his locker, I think he’s the complete defender in the modern game.”

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