Filip Benkovic has opened up about why he decided to join Bristol City during the winter transfer window, despite interest from former loan club Celtic and Middlesbrough.

Benkovic completed a short loan move on Deadline Day after Leicester confirmed the arrival of Wolves centre-back Ryan Bennett.

Speaking to the official Bristol City website, the 22-year-old defender expressed his excitement at helping the Robins reach the Premier League, suggesting that it was that new challenge which tempted him to move to Ashton Gate.

I found out about interest from Bristol City a few weeks ago and I was really excited about that option. Now I’m here, I’m really grateful for that opportunity because the club has the opportunity to do something big. I’ll work hard every day.

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Bristol City are currently sixth in the Championship, just five points off the automatic promotion spots, so it was an understandably attractive move for Benkovic.

I believe he’s made the right decision by pursuing a new challenge, rather than arriving at Parkhead for a second time and dominating Scottish football with ease.

Although the experience of winning endless trophies at Celtic is valuable, I think Bristol City is where he’ll be pushed to his limits in what is always a hectic run-in at the Championship summit.

After making just one first-team appearance for the Foxes this season – in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic – I feel a loan move last summer could have been more beneficial.

However, battling to breach into Lee Johnson’s first-choice partnership of Ashley Williams and Nathan Baker at Ashton Gate is bound to progress the Croat’s development nicely.

Where would you have preferred Benkovic to go in January?

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