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Filip Benkovic reveals disappointing news to Celtic

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Filip Benkovic reveals disappointing news to Celtic

The combative defender has announced plans for the 2019/20 campaign.

Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic wants to return to the King Power Stadium and challenge for a first-team place next season, according to the Leicester Mercury.

The 21-year is currently on loan at Celtic where he has played 26 games in all competitions.

News of the Croatians future plans will come as a blow to Brendan Rodgers who might have liked to keep the youngster.

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Benkovic is currently nursing an ankle injury and could be out until March.

In the main, he has looked solid when called upon and was a first-team regular before his injury.

Rodgers will have been delighted with the form of the ex-Zagreb man and he would surely have liked to keep him.

Benkovic, however, has other ideas and that is a blow for the Hoops.

 

He told the Leicester Mercury: “Here, I have played a lot of high-level games and that has helped me a lot.

“I want to make another step at the end of the season. I want to show that I can play in the English Premier League.”

Given his solidity at the back in the Scottish Premiership for Celtic this season, it will leave Rodgers with a void to fill in the summer.

A lot could also depend on what happens in the East Midlands between now and next season.

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Boss Claude Puel is under increasing pressure from the club’s supporters and a new manager could be in place by the time Benkovic returns.

One thing seems certain, however, that Benkovic won’t be plying his trade at Celtic Park next season.

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