Croatian defender Filip Benkovic was today presented by Serie A side Udinese following his move from Leicester City.
The 24-year-old, who hadn’t even been used by the Foxes this season, spoke to the Italian media about the transfer, and claimed it wasn’t a difficult choice to accept his new club.
“I am very happy for this opportunity. When the Udinese option presented itself, I didn’t think about it for a second. I had been coming from a tough year and I needed confidence, Udinese showed it to me and I thank the club. I will commit myself to the maximum,” said Benkovic in a press conference (via Gianluca Di Marzio).
“It was an easy decision because when I played in Croatia I knew that Udinese was following me and I always thought it would be exciting to play in Italy, where I found a great desire to work and to grow, it will be important to achieve the desired objectives.”
Benkovic was signed by Leicester City back in 2018 on a €14.5m move from Dinamo Zagreb, and despite all those years belonging to the Foxes, he was only able to make two appearances for the club.
Since his arrival, he’s been out on several loans, having featured for the likes of Celtic, where Brendan Rodgers first knew him, Bristol City, Cardiff City and OH Leuven.
He returned form the last spell in Belgium last summer, and was completely ignored by the Foxes manager since then, not even being taken to the bench in the Premier League.
That’s why it was indeed very easy for him to agree the free move to Udinese.