Celtic loanee Filip Benkovic has admitted he wants to play in the Premier League with Leicester City next season, as per Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, as relayed by the Leicester Mercury.
The central defender has enjoyed a strong season at Parkhead but reportedly does not plan on returning to Scotland next term as he looks to make the next step in his progression.
He said: “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. I cannot wait for new challenges, I want more challenges, I set very high goals.
“I’ll do absolutely everything to reach them. I think I’m on the right track. I just have to believe in myself, and I definitely believe. I have never lacked self-confidence.”
Claude Puel has gradually given opportunities to the likes of Hamsa Choudhury at the King Power Stadium, but the young midfielder has had to be very patient.
Puel is clearly not keen on throwing youngsters into the mix – especially as his job security perpetually appears unstable – and there’s no guarantee that he wants Benkovic around next season.
He signed Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü at centre-half last summer, to go with captain Wes Morgan and England World Cup hero Harry Maguire so Benkovic may find there is no room in the Foxes backline for another season.
In that case, he could return to Celtic, but it appears that it is Puel’s wishes that offer Brendan Rodgers his biggest chances to get Benkovic again next season.