‘He’s a warrior’ - Why Ryan Bennett move made sense for Foxes’ chief
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Brendan Rodgers is delighted to have finally got his man after recruiting ex-Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett for Leicester City’s Champions League push.
Rodgers missed out to the Canaries back on transfer deadline day 2012, when Bennett was en route to seal a potential move to Rodgers' Swansea City before Paul Lambert convinced the then Peterborough defender to head to Norfolk.
Bennett spent five years at Carrow Road until his release and had flourished at Wolves in the past three years, where he won a Championship title medal and featured in the Europa League.
The 29-year-old has now moved across the Midlands, initially on loan with a view to a permanent summer move, but is ineligible to face Wolves in Friday's Premier League clash.
"I was delighted to get Ryan in," said Rodgers, quoted on the Foxes' official site speaking at his pre-match press call. "He was a player I tried to take to Swansea when I was the manager there.
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"He was a young player at Peterborough, he was a big talent, and he's gone on to have a really, really good career.
"Jonny (Evans) and Ça?s (Ça?lar Söyüncü) have been outstanding this season and, with Wes (Morgan) as cover, we wanted Filip (Benkovic) to get minutes.
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"For that, we needed someone to come in to be a part of our squad. He fits the bill, he's a warrior, he knows the game and he defends well.
"He's there to push the players who are playing and he's comfortable in a number of systems. He won't be able to play against Wolves because that's his team, but after that, he'll be ready to play.
"He's come in to support us and for us to work with him. He's a good guy and he's a top-class player that's really going to support the squad."