West Brom sign Filip Krovinovic on season-long loan transfer from Benfica after helping them to Premier League promotion

FILIP Krovinovic has revealed it felt like a family reunion when he returned to West Brom yesterday on another season-long loan from Benfica.

The Croatian midfielder was crucial for Slaven Bilic’s in the Championship during Baggies promotion winning season last time out.

Krovinovic pulled the strings last season and was crucial in getting them up


Krovinovic pulled the strings last season and was crucial in getting them up Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Krovinovic is West Brom's sixth signing this summer


Krovinovic is West Brom’s sixth signing this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Now the 25-year-old wants to prove he can be just as influential in the Premier League and says returning to the Hawthorns feels like a home-coming for him.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be back with family,” he said.

“I know it took a little bit of time but now I’m here and that’s the most important thing.

“I said to my brother that it’s like coming back to school after the summer holidays. To see your friends is one of the best things in your life.”

Albion released news of Krovinovic’s return on their official Twitter account, with the midfielder’s best Baggies mate Matheus Pereira announcing he had some breaking news for supporters.

He then welcomed the popular Croatian back with a hug and Krovinovic yelled: “Yes fans I’m back.”

The midfielder became a firm favourite with Baggies supporters last season as he pulled the strings for Albion, scoring three goals and providing four assists in 43 appearances.

West Brom announced Krovinovic's return with the help of his good mate Matheus Pereira


West Brom announced Krovinovic’s return with the help of his good mate Matheus PereiraCredit: Getty Images – Getty

His arrival completes phase one of Bilic’s summer transfer business as he joins Pereira, Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Conor Gallagher and Branislav Ivanovic at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies boss will now try to build on Saturday’s draw with Chelsea by pushing on in his attempts to sign Huddersfield Town 19-goal striker Karlan Grant.

The 23-year-old has been Bilic’s No.1 transfer target this summer but so far the Terriers have resisted Albion’s bid to pay a hefty loan fee for this season, with an option to buy for £15million at the end of the season.

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic gets drenched in champagne after clinching promotion into the Premier League


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