Monday, December 26, 2005



from Tribal Football

West Ham's Benayoun aiming for "bigger club"
By Ian Ferris - December 24, 2005

West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun has revealed he turned down a mega offer to return to Israel.
Benayoun revealed he turned down the chance to become his country's best-paid player in order to stay at Upton Park.

The attacking midfielder admits he was tempted by a mega offer from Betar Jerusalem, but says he wants to stay in the Premiership and use the Hammers as a launching pad to join a "bigger club".

The Israel international said: "I still have a lot to do in the Premiership - maybe with a bigger club."

If he has been quoted correctly that is attrocious and will bring the ire of the fans who have really taken to the little guy who shows some of Berkovich's silky skills but with a lot more gritty determination...what was he thinking when he said that? Sure he has been a good signing for us but that is partly because potentially he can get even better, rather than he is already the ducks nuts...

I'm betting he cops a tirade of abuse and comes out to try and explain or downplay it, possibly claiming he was misquoted.

Lucky for him, Yossi is out for 3 weeks following the knock against Newcastle.

Nigel Reo-Coker returns for the match against Pompey.


TribalFootball told me they sourced the story from the Sun and they "believe they (The Sun) grabbed the story from an interview with an Israeli newspaper (though not 100% on that). "

A post in the Knees Up Mother Brown forums is claiming a "very ropey" translation from an interview Yossi gave to a Haifa newspaper where he actually said "I could have earned more money from other clubs, but see my time at West Ham as very special, and the Club can go o­n to be much bigger."

Ahhh, I feel better now...

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