Yossi Benayoun says West Ham fans deserve their move to a bigger stadium

The Israeli spent two seasons and a brief loan spell at the club.

West Ham United are having a fantastic season to see off their famous Boleyn Ground.

The club are moving to the Olympic Stadium from the start of next season and this campaign has been a wonderful send off.

They have performed brilliantly in the league and remain in the shout for a Champions League place. They are also still in the FA Cup and celebrated Mark Noble’s testimonial in brilliant fashion recently.

Noble’s event saw many former Hammers return to the ground to pay testament to the club captain – including Israeli winger Yossi Benayoun.

He joined West Ham in 2005 and spent two impressive seasons at the club before joining Liverpool. He returned to the club on loan in 2012 and is currently playing back in Israel for Maccabi Haifa.

He featured in the testimonial match and spoke about how the West Ham fans deserved a move to a bigger stadium.

He is quoted as telling the official West Ham website:

“I had a good two years with West Ham and I had a good relationship with the supporters.

“The Boleyn Ground is a special ground and it’s also nice to see the Club having a great season in the last year.

“They are great fans here so I think they deserve a bigger stadium because they can fill any stadium. I wish them all the best in the future.”

Benayoun remains something of a cult hero at West Ham – despite playing for other London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR in his career.

So his well wished will be warmly felt.

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