The Israeli midfielder’s career has never really took off at Stamford Bridge due to injuries in his first season and he is now a fair way down the pecking order following a couple of loan spells, and it isn’t likely that he’d be threatening Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Moses and company for their places.
His agent Ronen Katsav was talking up his client’s chances amid reported interest from Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan. Katsav said:
“The player is concentrating on this season and he is committed at Chelsea.
“He will be released at the end of the season and, being a good player, it is normal that there is interest from several clubs.
“Before the expiry of his contract we will consider all offers.”
I doubt Benayoun will be missed by many Chelsea fans and is an unpopular figure amongst those that were irritated with his Arsenal cheerleading during his loan spell there, even against his parent club. Others will also point to his £90k-a-week wages and would be delighted to get him off the books as it would free up wages for others.
He’s only started one league game for the Blues since he joined in 2010.