Nottingham Forest have been stunned by Loris Benito after the defender rejected the offer of a CIty Ground deal.

The 29-year-old had been on trial at the City Ground since the start of December.

Steve Cooper had liked what he’d seen from the performer and subsequently, the club handed him a contract.

Benito rejected it though, explaining to Swiss newspaper Blick that he wasn’t happy with some aspects of the deal.

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He said: “They offered me a contract until the end of the season. I refused.

“I still have a few years to go abroad. Preferably in the Bundesliga or in England. This is my dream.”

It would seem as though Benito wasn’t happy with the terms offered on a deal until the end of the season.

Some further comments have perhaps suggested that he wanted more money than Forest were willing to offer.

When quizzed on what his hopes for 2022 are he quipped: “A good contract! I am not picky. Exclusively exotic adventures in the Arabian or Asian region don’t have to be.”

A good contract could mean the length but when he doesn’t have a club it does seem odd he’s not accepted the deal.

Forest are currently without a recognised left-back and he’d have been given an immediate chance to prove himself.

A strong half a season might have earned him an extension and given him the chance to get himself in the Switzerland team for the World Cup in 2022.

Now though he’s back to square one and still seeking a new club.

Forest learning lessons after Benito trial

The Reds look to have made the right call here. Having another defender available would have been nice but this is a step in the right direction.

It would seem as though the Reds haven’t bowed down to some unreasonable demands from an unproven player in England and that makes sense.

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Benito can play at left-back or as a central defender and that versatility would have helped the squad.

Max Lowe is doing well though and could return to the action on Monday against Barnsley.

As a result, perhaps that offers an indication as to why Forest haven’t bent over backwards to land Benito.

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