Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told Filip Benkovic he wants the defender to stay at the Hoops next season, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Former boss Brendan Rodgers appeared to open the door for the player to return to Celtic Park during the upcoming transfer window, saying: “Filip’s situation is one I’ll certainly look at. But there’s no doubt that if I want him to go out on loan again, I’d want him to go to Celtic.”
Obviously the Leicester City manager will want to have a look at the defender in pre-season training before deciding his future next season but it’s clear the Hoops could be in the hunt to do another deal for the £9.9m-rated defender (Transfermarkt).
Benkovic seems pretty happy with life in Glasgow too and he’s revealed the club are keen on him staying, with Lennon telling him as much.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Croatian said of his season at Celtic Park:
I have been really pleased with my season at Celtic. Of course, you can always do better, but I have played a lot of games at a very high level. 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.
I must admit, when I first signed for Celtic, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it has been. During my time at Celtic, I have gained great experience. The Scottish Premiership is extremely intense and it was great playing in Europe. It’s helped me a lot.
It’s brilliant to hear Benkovic has values the time he has spent at the club. If we increase our reputation as a great place to develop players then it will only help us attract quality loan prospects in future transfer windows.
Keeping the 21-year-old would be a huge boost to our chances of winning nine-in-a-row, so obviously we should be keeping tabs on his situation at the English side and hopefully it develops in our favour as the summer goes on.
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