Puel was not exactly watching through his fingers but when asked if he expected other clubs to want to sign Maguire on the back of his displays this summer, the Frenchman admitted he was not surprised.
Meanwhile, Claude Puel's Leicester City does not have as many personnel issues as Mourinho but key players, Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, did return late to training following their World Cup exploits.
"It's a difficulty but my first feeling was that it is unbelievable for this player to show their quality and it's good publicity for Leicester", said Puel, who feels Maguire now has the confidence that he belongs on the world stage.
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The Belgian winger was simply scintillating against Huddersfield when he came off the bench in the Blues' 3-0 win, away from home. Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses (N/A), Loftus-Cheek (7), Hazard (8), Giroud.
It is thought it would have taken a fee of around £75 million - around five times the price United were quoted last summer, before Maguire left Hull City for Leicester - to tempt the Midlands club to part with the 25-year-old. We gave our best, it was a hard team against a great team. "I focus just on what we have and we go with everything we have to the first match".
Puel: I am happy to keep Harry [Maguire] and all our best players. We deserved a different result.
The Premier League transfer window may now be closed, but that's not the case in Spain. Coming from Man City to Leicester and playing against Man United I think the City fans are going to support us in that game.
Earlier today, young Croatian defender Filip Benkovic became the sixth new arrival at the King Power Stadium after Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Rachid Ghezzal and Danny Ward. Our first-half was a good performance with good quality, good pressing, good play forward and a lot of chances.