City old boy Bennett on his future and Maddison reunion
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Ryan Bennett expects to move on from Wolves but is playing ‘a waiting game’ in the transfer window after being touted with a Norwich City return.
The central defender spent the second part of last season on loan at Leicester, but the Foxes opted not to take up a buy option.
That leaves the 30-year-old with one year left on his current deal at Molineux, and Bennett admits the uncertainty triggered by the financial impact of coronavirus is going to have an impact on his next step.
“The (financial) climate now after coronavirus is a lot different, with no fans in stadiums and how that affects team budgets. Everything has had a massive knock-on effect, so we have a waiting game at the minute. Hopefully, we can get something sorted soon,” he said. “There was a contract sort of agreed (with Leicester) and it was just down to both parties, but obviously that was an option Leicester decided not to take, which is fine.
“We had a conversation before the last game of the season and they told me they weren’t going to do it. For the last three or four months, I didn’t know what was going to happen with their decision and that puts a limit on how you assess other options.”
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Bennett has been touted with a City return as the Canaries target central defensive reinforcements, but Burnley’s Ben Gibson remains their number one target.
The former Peterborough defender spent five years at Carrow Road, and speaking to The Athletic, revealed his brief loan stint at Leicester afforded him the chance of a catch up with James Maddison.
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“He was a very young boy when he came from Coventry (to Norwich) but the talent was there,” said Bennett. “You could see the way he moved with a ball, the way he received the ball and moved away. It was incredible. The move to Leicester has taken him to the next level, playing with these players and working with the staff, and now he is in the England set-up as well.
“Mentally, he has grown. The experiences he has had have helped him grow. Physically, he is improving and he is there now. He just needs to keep his focus and push on.
“He’s only going to go from strength to strength.
“It was nice to go there and see how he has developed. He is now a main, established player in that team. That breeds a little bit more confidence as well, so you notice that in him when he is around the training ground.”