Mark Robins drops hint about Luis Binks' future after Coventry City loan deal expires

Mark Robins has made an admission about Luis Binks’ future as the Coventry City loan defender prepares to return to Italy to his parent club Bologna.

The 22-year-old centre-half played his final game of his temporary spell with the Sky Blues in Saturday’s 2-1 CBS Arena defeat by Queens Park Rangers, having made 23 appearances over the course of the season in all competitions. Binks has previously stated publicly that he wants a permanent return to English football despite having another two years on his current contract at the Serie A club.

Although the young defender hasn’t featured as much as he’d have perhaps liked over the course of the campaign at City, he has impressed many fans and reminded the manager of his talent with an outstanding cameo against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, after which Robins intended to give him a run in the side. However, an Achilles injury cut that short until the final match when he returned to fitness and the startling line-up.

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Asked about the player’s future and whether Binks has given him food for thought in terms of upgrading his loan to a permanent deal this summer, Robins said: “I think Binksy has been good. He started off at a level, and he’s at a good level. He’s at Bologna for a reason and he played a few games at Como last year.

“He’s very young for a centre-half but he has a lot of potential. He’s really good on the ball. Defensively he needs work, like every one of them does because they are not the finished article and we have a young back line since Fadz left. They make mistakes but they have to learn from them, that’s for sure.

“I think we have got a decent group but we definitely want to add to that and with Binksy, if he goes back and we don’t do anything or see him again, he’s been good for us.”

However, hinting that Binks might be of interest this summer, the manager added: “He’s a great lad who has been brilliant in the dressing room. The lads love him and he’s someone who we want to keep in touch with and see how things go. But that will come in the next bit, and depends on a number of factors.”

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