FILIP BENKOVIC hopes the Leicester manager Claude Puel is a man of his word in January and let him see out the rest of the season at Celtic.

The defender’s loan deal is until the summer but there is a clause for a break in the contract in the January window.

Puel was asked about the situation a few weeks ago and confirmed he would like Filip to stay at Celtic to get more experience for next season. Brendan Rodgers says he expects Filip to stay although Leicester have not officially confirmed this to the club as of yet.

When asked about the potential of going back down south next month the defender wasn’t very receptive to the idea.

“When you start something and you feel really good in the team. I think I can give more for this club, but we’ll see. It’s not just my decision.” Filip told Leicester live.

“The Leicester coach said probably I will stay until the end of the season, so I hope it will be like that.

“Since I came to Celtic I’ve progressed well. When everyone is positive and everyone wants to help you it’s much easier to play football.”

Benkovic has been instrumental in helping Brendan Rodgers steady the ship in defence. At the start of the season, it was a big problem for the Celtic manager with Boyata at the World Cup and then refusing to play and so many injuries.

As we reported earlier today, there is a chance Dedryck Boyata leaves Parkhead in January so it’s imperative we keep Filip at least.


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