Leicester man leaves for loan spell in Belgium amid struggles for gametime

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2021 1:56 - Samuel Bannister

Leicester defender Filip Benkovic has joined Belgian side OH Leuven on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.

Croatia centre-back Benkovic has made two senior appearances for the Foxes since arriving from Dinamo Zagreb in August 2018.

The 23-year-old’s latest loan move, which is subject to international clearance, follows spells with Celtic, Bristol City and Cardiff.

He spent the first half of this campaign with the Bluebirds but was restricted to just one Sky Bet Championship outing.

Benkovic, who has been capped once by his country, started Leicester’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Wigan last January, having made his debut as a substitute in a 4-0 Carabao Cup success over Fleetwood shortly after joining the club.

Leuven and Leicester are both owned by King Power International Group.

The Belgian club, who sit fourth in the Jupiler Pro League, last week signed former Foxes midfielder Andy King.

 

Benkovic now heads to Belgium as well, with his move coming as disappointment for Celtic, who were keen to take him on another loan.

That will not be the case, though, as he hopes to build up more gametime at Leuven.

Demarai Gray in demand

Demarai Gray Leicester

Someone else who could be leaving Leicester in the upcoming weeks is Demarai Gray.

The winger is out of contract at the end of the season and has barely featured this term. He will not sign a new deal at the King Power Stadium.

Therefore, a number of clubs are battling for his services. Foreign sides can sign him for next season with a pre-contract agreement.

A report recently revealed that Marseille and Benfica could do just that. However, the Englishman still has suitors in the Premier League.

Southampton, Tottenham and Everton could all make offers for the winger.

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