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Yossi Benayoun’s time at Chelsea officially came to an end on Sunday with the
conclusion of his three-year contract at the Premier League
The 33-year-old Israel midfielder was already told at the end
of last season that he will not have his contract extended at Chelsea, but he
has yet to sign with a new team.
Benayoun’s agent Ronen Katzav said that
there are a couple of Premier League clubs interested in his services, with West
Bromwich Albion being one of them.
“West Brom have registered their
interest and now we are just waiting to see what other options are available,”
said Katzav. “We have been negotiating with another club in the Premier League
and clubs in Germany and Spain, so Yossi will have to make a decision very
“He has been playing in England for a long time now so it has
become like a second home to him.”
Benayoun indicated last month that he
would like to move across the Atlantic to play in the MLS, telling the New York
Post: “I’m trying to do everything I can to come to America and to play in the
MLS, and hopefully it works out in the next few weeks.”
In the meantime,
Benayoun has spent the past week training with Maccabi Haifa to remain in shape
ahead of his next move.
Since leaving Liverpool three years ago, Benayoun
has only made a total of 39 league appearances for Chelsea, and on-loan at
Arsenal and West Ham.
Benayoun was also dropped from the Israel squad for
professional reasons for the first time in 14 years last
However, he was ultimately recalled by Israel coach Eli Gutman
and played a part in the national team’s past two 2014 World Cup qualifiers
versus Portugal and Northern Ireland before starting in the friendly win over
Honduras last month.
That marked his 93rd appearance with the national
team, closing to within just one cap of equaling Arik Benado’s record.