I’m no blast from the past, says Tal
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.”
Tal Ben Haim ( right) has unfinished business