D-day for Yossi

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Chelsea’s Yossi Be­nay­oun has told Is­raeli team­mates that he ex­pects to be play­ing else­where in the new sea­son.

The JC un­der­stands that Chelsea have re­ceived in­quiries about the player from Spurs, New­cas­tle, Roma, Galatasaray and Panathi­naikos.

Be­nay­oun, 31, would pre­fer to stay in Eng­land, and his most likely des­ti­na­tion is White Hart Lane. Harry Red­knapp is a great ad­mirer of the mid­fielder, and if the Is­raeli moves across Lon­don, it is likely to rekin­dle the Blues’ in­ter­est in mid­fielder Luka Mo­dric, with Be­nay­oun a makeweight in any deal.

With spec­u­la­tion rife in the Is­raeli me­dia, Be­nay­oun, who has been in Switzer­land for Is­rael’s friendly with Ivory Coast, said: “Let’s wait a cou­ple more days and then we will know ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing.

“I don’t know what’s go­ing to be in the com­ing few days so let’s be pa­tient on this one.”

Al­though Be­nay­oun has been im­pres­sive in pre-sea­son friendlies, it ap­pears that he is not in the plans of new Chelsea boss An­dre Vil­las-Boas.

Be­nay­oun joined Chelsea last sum­mer for £5.5mil­lion and has two years left to run on a three-year con­tract. How­ever, he barely played last sea­son af­ter rup­tur­ing an Achilles ten­don in Septem­ber and was un­able to re­turn un­til April.

Manch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure opened the scor­ing as Is­rael were beaten 4-3 by the Ivory Coast in Wed­nes­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly.

Is­rael re­sume their 2012 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign against Greece on Septem­ber 2.

Ly­ing joint-sec­ond in Group F, the Is­raeli team will travel to Croa­tia on Septem­ber 6 be­fore con­clud­ing their Euro­pean cam­paign in Malta on Oc­to­ber 11.

Yossi Be­nay­oun has im­pressed dur­ing pre-sea­son but his fu­ture could lie away from Stam­ford Bridge

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