Be­nay­oun tweet­ing gives clue

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER ‘I hope there will be in­ter­est­ing news’

Yossi Be­nay­oun has taken to Twit­ter af­ter be­ing snubbed by Chelsea boss An­dre Villa-Boas.

The Is­rael star was used as an 89th minute sub­si­tute dur­ing last week­end’s goal­less draw against Stoke as the Blues failed to make a win­ning start to the new Premier League sea­son. The for­mer Liver­pool man looks set to be sur­plus to re­quire­ments un­der Villa-Boas and could quit Stam­ford Bridge af­ter in­form­ing his Twit­ter fol­low­ers of im­pend­ing news sur­round­ing his fu­ture. “I hope there will be in­ter­est­ing news about my fu­ture later in the week,” he tweeted on the so­cial net­work site.

Be­nay­oun told his in­ter­na­tional team-mates last week that he’s viewed as a bit-part player in west Lon­don. Sev­eral clubs are re­port­edly in­ter­ested in the 31-year-old with Tot­ten­ham lead­ing the chase, along wi t h Ne wc a s t l e , Roma, Galatasaray and Panathi­naikos.

Chelsea could yet use Be­nay­oun as bait to set­tle a £27mil­lion deal for Spurs Croa­t­ian in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder Luka Mo­dric.

Be­nay­oun is keen to re­main in Lon­don, hav­ing first ar­rived in the cap­i­tal in 2005 af­ter sign­ing for West Ham.

But Spurs are de­ter­mined to hang on to Mo­dric as they look to battle their way back into the top four and a place in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

The Is­rael cap­tain played 61 min­utes of last week’s 4-3 friendly de­feat by the Ivory Coast and was in­volved in an ugly spat with coach Luis Fer­nan­dez af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted.

Be­nay­oun threw his cap­tain’s arm­band to the ground in dis­gust and re­fused to shake the French­man’s hand af­ter leav­ing the pitch.

His be­hav­iour upon be­ing re­placed has led some to ques­tion whether his un­happy sit­u­a­tion at Chelsea has fi­nally taken its toll.


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