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Benayoun signs for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder will be playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv next season after the 36-year old player signed a contract that will see him stay with the club for one year.

He will be leaving Maccabi Haïfa, where he spent 2 seasons, and it looks like his last match with Maccabi Haifa was the Israel Cup where his team won 1-0, securing the second trophy for Yossi Benayoun during his time with the Maccabi Haifa.

It is believed that Yossi Benayoun has already agreed terms with his new club and has even had his medical but is just waiting to be announced by the club, which should be done as soon as the club found a new coach - they are still in the process of finding on, but with Benayoun being a national hero because of his performances for Israel, whoever comes in will be happy to have him in their squad.

Benayoun has also revealed that he was forced out of the club by Maccabi Haifa - after a poor start to the season the owner of the club came to him and asked him to leave. It was only after the intervention of the coach Roni Levy that he stayed until the end of the season, wth both Benayoun & the owner putting their differences aside for the good of the club.

Benayoun had already informed the club in February that he was going to leave for Maccabi Tel Aviv at the end of the season. He said that he wanted to end his career with Maccabi Haifa, but unfortunately, things did not work out as he would have hoped.

Before he moves clubs he will be guest of honour at the opening of the English Premier League season, with him and other professionals from the Hall of Fame being invited to the Community Shield between Leicester and Manchester United (tickets still available through this link).

Maccabi Haifa was the first club that he played for in Israel and would have love to end his career in them, but he said that things changed quickly in football and that he had to adapt.