Filip Krovinovic ‘frozen out’ of Benfica after calling manager "son of a b****"

Former Premier League player, Filip Krovinovic, has been removed from Benfica's pre-season training following audio emerging online of the midfielder criticising Benfica's veteran coach Jorge Jesus.

Krovinovic spent two years at West Bromwich Albion, however, the Croatian was most recently seen – on British shores – at Nottingham Forest, where he spent a year on loan.

And, he was expected to rejoin Forest on a permanent deal this summer, with Benfica looking to offload him.

The prospect of him leaving looks closer than ever, and he was removed from Benfica's pre-season training for 'disciplinary reasons' following a friendly involving the Portuguese side.

Krovinovic allegedly says, in the leaked audio: "Imagine that you are in my situation. We had a game yesterday and I’m the only player who didn’t get minutes.

"Two teams played, and I didn’t get into the game. The assistant coach went to Jesus to ask him if I would get into the game, and he answered 'No' and said to stay by the field in case someone gets hurt.

"What a son of b****, unbelievable. I was not allowed to go home, but I had to stay there."

Jesus joined Benfica in 2020 – after winning the Copa Libertadores with Flamengo – however, he couldn't replicate the success in the Liga NOS, and Benfica fell short to Sporting Lisbon.

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Portuguese outlet, A Bola, recently claimed that Chris Hughton was looking to retain Krovinovic's services on loan, however, Benfica wanted a permanent deal.

However, Forest aren't the only club interested in his services, and Spartak Moscow have emerged as a surprise destination.

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