I’m no blast from the past, says Tal

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOT­BALL Tal Ben Haim ad­mits he jumped at the chance of head­ing back to Eng­land af­ter join­ing Charl­ton on a one-year deal.

The Is­rael de­fender made Charl­ton his eighth club af­ter a decade with the likes of Bolton, Chelsea, Manch­ester City and QPR.

Ben Haim, who has won 71 in­ter­na­tional caps, re­turns to the Cham­pi­onship af­ter a short stint in Bel­gium with Stan­dard Liege.

It is un­der­stood he shunned the ad­vances of Mac­cabi Haifa to join Charl­ton.

He said: “I’m de­lighted to be back be­cause I wanted the chance to re­turn.

“I had of­fers to re­turn to Is­rael but I felt it was bet­ter for me to come back to Eng­land where I’ve been play­ing since 2004.

“I know all about this league — it’s a tough and com­pet­i­tive one and you have to work hard.

“But I hope we can have a good sea­son at Charl­ton.

“I want to use my ex­pe­ri­ence to help the team and for our young play­ers progress.”

Charl­ton kick-off their league cam­paign against Brent­ford on Au­gust 9.

Ben Haim, 32, is up for the fight in the bat­tle to nail down a first-team spot with the south Lon­don­ers.

He said: “The main rea­son I am here is I want to play games.

“I’ve been train­ing re­ally hard and hope to start the sea­son well.

“I’m still as hun­gry to suc­ceed as I was when I was 18. The plan is to play a big part this sea­son.”

PHOTO: AP

Tal Ben Haim ( right) has un­fin­ished busi­ness

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