Leicester Confirm Filip Benkovic Transfer from Dinamo Zagreb on 5-Year Contract

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2018

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 01:  Filip Benkovic of GNK Dinamo Zagreb speaks to the press during the press conference prior to their match of UEFA Champions League between Sevilla FC vs GNK Dinamo Zagreb at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Seville, .  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Leicester City have completed the signing of Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb, the club confirmed on Thursday. 

The Foxes announced the signing on Twitter:

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The team confirmed a five-year contract has been agreed between the 21-year-old and the club.

"I will give all my heart to this club, to all the fans, to everybody," Benkovic told the club's television channel. "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."

According to James Sharpe of the Leicester Mercury, the defender was also targeted by the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan. The Foxes are also reportedly poised to make another defensive signing on Thursday in the form of Caglar Soyuncu.

Sky Sports News have reported that Leicester defender Harry Maguire wants to move to Manchester United, but the Foxes will not entertain any offers for his signature on the final day of the transfer window for Premier League clubs.

Benkovic made his debut for Zagreb in 2015 as an 18-year-old having progressed through the team's revered youth setup. He played 88 times for the Croatian outfit and has also made one appearance for his country's under-21 team.

The defender is tall, strong in the air and tenacious in the tackle, meaning he's likely to be a good fit for English football. Minutes will be tough for him to come by at the King Power Stadium initially, though, especially if he has both Maguire and Soyuncu to contend with for a starting berth.