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Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea player signs for Israeli Premier League side



Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun has returned to Israel following an unsuccessful spell with Queens Park Rangers.

The 34-year-old has signed for Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Haifa for the second time in his career.

Benayoun previously played for the club between 1998 and 2002 in a spell which paved the way for a move to Europe with Spanish side Racing Santander.


Benayoun has played in England for nine years with West Ham (twice), Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR

He made over 100 appearances for Santander during three years at the club before moving to England with West Ham United.

After two years at Upton Park he made the move up north to Liverpool in a controversial transfer which saw him agree a new deal with West Ham, only to go back on the agreement in order to force a move to Merseyside.

In three years at Liverpool he made over 130 appearances before moving back to London to Chelsea. His spell at Chelsea was unsuccessful and he spent time on loan at league rivals Arsenal and West Ham before being released last summer.

He signed for QPR in December last year and and made 15 appearances for the Hoops as they gained promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

Benayoun has signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Haifa. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said:

“[I am] happy to come back and wear the green shirt,” Benayoun told Maccabi’s official website.

“[I] believe that along with the professional staff, the players and management, [we] can reconstruct the great days of Maccabi Haifa.”

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