Benkovic could be set for return to Celtic

Croatian defender Filip Benkovic could be set to return to Celtic this summer, if reports of Leicester City trying to sign Lewis Dunk from Brighton are accurate.

Benkovic was an integral part of the Celtic side that won the treble treble last season, playing 27 games scoring twice, but with his loan deal expiring at the end of last season it looked like there would be no chance of the 21-year-old returning to Glasgow.

But with Leicester City, under Brendan Rodgers, now looking to strengthen their central defence with the potential departure of Harry Maguire - it looks like they will turn to Brighton’s Lewis Dunk - costing the Foxes around £30 million into the bargain. Which would see Benkovic’s chances of first team football with the Premier League side very slim.

Speaking last month, Benkovic admitted he would welcome a return to Celtic, he said: “We will have to wait and see what happens in the summer and what is the plan for me next season. We have spoken a little bit about what will happen but not too much as I was just concentrating on Celtic.

“I wouldn’t rule out coming back to Celtic and you never know where life will take you. I don’t know what will happen, but I really enjoyed my time at the club. I am so proud to have played for Celtic and I am so thankful for everything they did for me.

“When I came to the club I expected to win games and be challenging for trophies, but for it to become a reality is incredible. I can’t believe we have managed to do it and it is f*****g unbelievable.

“I am a better player than when I arrived at Celtic. I always want to improve as a player and the club have helped me do that. I have more experience in British football and I will build on this.

If a return to Celtic is forthcoming for Benkovic, it would almost certainly be another loan deal, and with the departure of Dedryck Boyata at the end of last season to Hertha Berlin Benkovic’s return would provide a boost to the Scottish champions’ defensive options as they look to win nine-in-a-row and take on the Champions League qualification campaign once more.