Celtic loanee Filip Benkovic is open to a second successive season at Parkhead next term, according to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, via the Leicester Mercury.
Benkovic has had a strong season for a Bhoys side that has retained their Premiership title and is on the brink of yet another domestic treble.
And while Leicester, now of course managed by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, may keep Benkovic next season, the defender is willing to go back north of the border if that’s what the Northern Irishman decides.
Benkovic said: “When Brendan Rodgers left Celtic, he told me he was very pleased with my performances. Whatever he decides, I will go along with. I have been really pleased with my season at Celtic.
“Everyone at Celtic has told me they are happy with me. I have spoken to Neil Lennon. He told me that he would like me to stay at Celtic for another season. When I first signed for Celtic, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it has been.”
“If they say in Leicester that I have to come back, I’ll be back, and if they do not want me next season, then I’ll stay in Celtic or go to another club. When we talk about Celtic, I just enjoy it here. If I stay, I’ll be happy.”
Getting Benkovic back would be a major coup for Celtic as they look to recover from the blow of losing Rodgers to further progress in Europe and keep Rangers at bay domestically.
As for the player himself, it would likely do him good to be first choice north of the border rather than be fifth in the pecking order at Leicester – but it boils down to Rodgers’ decision.