Stamford Bridge boss seals deal for Anfield attacker.
Premier League champions Chelsea have signed Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun on a three-year deal.
The Israeli, 30, who had a contract tying him to Anfield until 2013, has been signed after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed transfer fee.
Benayoun told Chelsea’s website: “I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player.”
Benayoun joined from West Ham in 2007 and scored 29 goals in 134 games.
The Israeli’s arrival follows the departure from Stamford Bridge of midfielders Michael Ballack and Joe Cole.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “We are happy to have this new player. Yossi has a lot of quality in midfield and can play in lots of positions. I like his behaviour on the pitch and he will do a great job for us next season.”
A Liverpool spokesman said: “Yossi’s departure was agreed between the player and Rafael Benitez a number of weeks ago. Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes him well for the future.” (BBC Sport)
It’s a deal that Roy Hodgson may regret seeing completed as it means that he has lost the services of a very competent utility performer who most Liverpool fans would agree deserved far more action than Rafa Benitez was willing to give.
Yossi Benayoun will of course struggle to get a regular first team spot at Stamford Bridge but he will relish the chance to represent a club who can realistically battle on all fronts.