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Posted Friday, January 31st 2020

Benković arrives on loan

City have completed the loan signing of centre-back Filip Benković from Leicester City until the end of the season.

He arrives in BS3 after City were able to beat off a number of clubs who were competing for his signature.

City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “Filip Benković is someone we rate very highly and we all look forward to working with him for the remainder of the season.

“I must send a special thank you to Leicester City Football Club and Brendan Rodgers for their assistance in getting the deal completed. We operated in a very busy market for Filip’s signature and I am delighted to welcome him to Bristol City.”

Here's what he said in his first interview with Robins TV:

 

Head Coach Lee Johnson said: “Filip is a fantastic talent and a player who will add to our defensive options. He will be a strong and physical presence for us as we kick on in this second half of the season.”

The 22-year-old from Croatia spent last season on loan at Celtic, where he helped the Hoops to the treble as they lifted the Scottish Premiership title, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup.

Benkovic originally graduated from the Dinamo Zagreb Academy, going on to make 56 first team appearances and help the Croatian side to league and cup double-winning seasons in 2015/16 and 2017/18, before a move to the Foxes in 2018.

The defender has represented the Croatia national side on one occasion.

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