Amid much talk of Harry Maguire leaving Leicester City, the Foxes have moved to bolster their centre-half options with the reported £13 million ($17m) signing of Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb.
Claude Puel maintains that he has no intention of parting with a highly-rated England international, but he has brought in a fresh face to cover all eventualities.
Benkovic, a Croatia Under-21 international, has penned a five-year contract with Leicester as he prepares to embark on a Premier League adventure.
He is looking forward to taking on that challenge, with the decision taken to leave the familiar surrounds of his home-town club and test himself in England.
The 21-year-old told the Foxes’ official website: “The feeling is amazing to come to such a big club. It’s a big honour to wear this jersey [for the] club.
“I will give all my heart to this club, to all the fans, to everybody. Hopefully we’ll have a very good result this season.“The ambitions of Leicester City are so big. I like the club very much and I think it’s a very good step for me to the next level. I’m very happy to be here.
“On the pitch, I do my best. I fight for the club and that’s all I can promise to do. The fans will see what I have and fully hope I will do a good job.”
Croatian defender Filip Benković has signed a five-year contract with #lcfc after the Club agreed terms with Dinamo Zagreb for his transfer ✍️ #WelcomeBenković— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 9, 2018
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Benkovic has always been a fan of English football and believes he is capable of making a positive impression with Leicester.
“I’ve watched a lot [of Premier League games],” he added.
“This is the league I like the most.
“I like this kind of football and I’ve followed Leicester a lot. I’ve seen so many top games. They’re very good and they have such a good team.
“I have very [big] ambitions and I think the Club have very big ambitions. I think that we can do well together. As a team, we can do some big things.”