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Celtic ‘in talks to sign out of favour Leicester star Filip Benkovic’

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Celtic ‘in talks to sign out of favour Leicester star Filip Benkovic’… with the Croatia defender ‘not featuring in the club’s short-term plans’ and yet to make his Premier League debut

  • Centre back Filip Benkovic will reportedly return to Celtic for another loan move
  • The Leicester defender remains firmly out of favour at the King Power this term
  • Sky Sports have claimed Celtic are currently in talks to seal a return for Benkovic
  • It is believed the Scottish giants favour a loan deal with a potential option to buy 

Celtic are currently in talks to sign unwanted Leicester defender Filip Benkovic, according to reports.

The 23-year-old is believed to not feature in the Premier League club’s plans for the season – and Leicester are now open to entertaining offers for him. 

And now, as claimed by Sky Sports, Celtic are in the race to snap up the Croatia international and favour a potential loan deal with an option to buy.

Celtic are in talks to sign unwanted Leicester defender Filip Benkovic, according to reports

Celtic are in talks to sign unwanted Leicester defender Filip Benkovic, according to reports

The long-term knee injury recently suffered by stalwart Christopher Jullien has forced Celtic into the market to source a replacement.

Benkovic has emerged as a target and will be available to move to Parkhead depending on whether an agreement can be thrashed out.

The central defender has already memorably spent a season with Celtic between 2018 and 2019.

Benkovic, 23, is said to not feature at all in the short-term plans at the King Power this season

Benkovic, 23, is said to not feature at all in the short-term plans at the King Power this season

A key figure under Brendan Rodgers, Benkovic made 27 appearances and scored twice across all competitions.

His time in England since has so far been dogged by frustration and a lack of game time, however. 

Benkovic spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Cardiff, although that deal was terminated earlier this week.

Brendan Rodgers is yet to hand Benkovic his maiden Premier League appearance at the club

Brendan Rodgers is yet to hand Benkovic his maiden Premier League appearance at the club

Croatia international Benkovic (R) was recalled from his loan spell with Cardiff earlier this week

Croatia international Benkovic (R) was recalled from his loan spell with Cardiff earlier this week

The defender, who has received one international cap, initially joined the club on a season-long loan. He made just one substitute appearance, though.

With a previous short-term spell with Bristol City also producing mixed results last season, Benkovic’s future at Leicester remains increasingly uncertain.    

The new deal awarded to Jonny Evans, which will now run until 2023, delivered a further blow to his team-mate’s hopes of finally making his top-flight bow.       



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