Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal star says adios and heads for Spain

Former West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea player returns to Spain after eight years in the Premier League.

Yossi Benayoun is on the verge of joining Spanish side Getafe on a free transfer according to reports from Spain.

Benayoun spent a total of eight years in Premier League, with spells West Ham United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

He scored 42 goals in English football, and managed to feature in the Champions League for Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Benayoun had been linked with moves to clubs in England over the summer, with Premier League newboys Crystal Palace reported to have been keen on the player.

However, he has been suffering from injury problems of late, with his spell at Chelsea in particular injury ravaged with an Achilles tendon rupture and a knee injury.

Benayoun has been a player noted for his ability to pick holes in defences and take on players in tight spaces, even though there have been criticisms of him being a bit ‘lightweight' physically.

The Israeli was released by Chelsea at the end of last season.

Despite Benayoun's injury record, it's a little surprising that more clubs haven’t enquired about him, given his experience and versatility to operate out wide and in and behind the striker. He could’ve been an experienced player for a side that wishes to fight off the threat of relegation this season, or at least able to provide cover.

Benayoun has had a spell in Spain before, as he played for Racing Santander immediately before signing for West Ham in 2005, when he helped them to the FA Cup final, which they lost to Liverpool on penalties at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.

He then moved onto Anfield, where he managed to score three hat-tricks for the club. He played a part in the clubs run to the semi-finals of both the Champions League and Europa League, and was prolific in the side that finished second in 2009.

He was also part of the Chelsea side that won the Europa League last season under Rafa Benitez. However, some of their fans were less than happy when Benayoun was either selected or brought into the action. During that time he had short loan spells at both Arsenal and at West Ham.

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