Filip Benkovic won’t be staying at Celtic for any extended loan or permanent deal, with Brendan Rodgers confirming he’ll be taking him back to Leicester this summer, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Before his injury, Benkovic was one of the stand-out performers in Rodgers’ Celtic side and fans had hoped that some sort of extended loan deal, or even a permanent transfer could be arranged with the English Premier League side.
However, the new Leicester City manager is adamant he will return to the King Power Stadium.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he explained:
Filip is a terrific player and I know him very well. Obviously his loan his due to finish and I knew that as a Celtic manager. He’ll come back in the summer and we’ll assess it from then.
Filip is very mature for a young boy of 21. He’s very imposing at 6ft 4in and very dominant in both boxes. He can play, reads the game well and is a really nice lad too.
Benkovic’s chance of playing a major first-team part in the closing stages of the season are slim considering he has still not returned from injury sustained at Ibrox in December.
With just a maximum of 12 matches remaining until the end of the current campaign, he will only play a handful of matches if he does return meaning that fans have likely already seen the best of the Croatian.
He’ll head back to Leicester with our best wishes, with many acknowledging he could have been a great player for us in different circumstances.