Former Manchester United man Cruyff pursuing once Chelsea wonderkid

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Manchester United and Chelsea fans may be interested to learn how the paths of Jordi Cruyff and Ben Sahar have crossed.

Mention the name Cruyff in football circles, and Dutch legend Johan Cruyff is with good reason the name that springs to mind, pioneer of Holland's 'Total Football' era in the 70s.

His son Jordi Cruyff didn't do badly for himself, scoring at Euro '96 and earning a move to Manchester United, remaining at the club until being released on a free in 2000.

He continued his career in Spain, Ukraine and finally Malta before retiring a decade later, never really building on his early promise, remaining firmly in the shadow of his father.

Cruyff jr. is now firmly into his post-playing career, where he again faces a tall order to eclipse his father, a two-time league winning manager with Ajax,  and four times with Barcelona.

He spent time as a director of football at Cypriot team AEK Larnaca, before joining Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv as sporting director.

Cruyff has this weekend been in the news in Germany, for trying to sign up a former Chelsea teenager, Ben Sahar.

Sahar is somewhat incredibly still only 23-years-old. He made his debut for Chelsea at just 17-years-old in the FA Cup in 2007.

He was Israeli football's big hope, and already has more than 30 appearances for his country, but his club career has not gone as planned.

After loan spells at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth, he was eventually sold to Espanyol in 2009 for £1 million. He since went onto play back in Israel and in France, and is now in Germany.

He plays for recently promoted Hertha Berlin, but scored just two goals in six starts over the past season.

Hertha's manager has recently revealed he turned down an approach for Sahar from Cruyff's Tel Aviv, insisting he remains in his plans for next season.

But with the standard in the Bundesliga likely to limit his opportunities even further, Bild expect Cruyff to be back in for Sahar in late August if he remains out of the team in the early fixtures.

Ben Sahar's career is in need of rejuvenating, and Cruyff wants to show he can deliver in his role, so this unlikely pairing may just happen yet.

Chelsea fans what do you make of Ben Sahar's plight?

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