Yossi Benayoun hoping for Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has admitted that he is hopeful that he still has a future at Chelsea.

The Israel international playmaker spent last term on loan at Arsenal, but has reported back to Stamford Bridge for pre-season training.

With the likes of fellow midfielders Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne signed by the Blues this summer Benayoun’s future is in doubt, but the veteran hopes to impress Roberto Di Matteo.

“Now I am back at Chelsea for pre-season, the hard part of football, and I’m trying to do my best in front of Robbie,” The Sun report him as saying.

“We will just have to see what happens in the future. A lot has happened since I was last here.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out with Andre Villas-Boas, results weren’t good enough. But Robbie took the team, and we won the FA Cup and Champions League.

“I kept in touch and it was just great to see the club winning these trophies. I was at home for the Champions League final, as the next day I was joining up with the national team. It was amazing to watch and enjoy.

“When you thought Bayern would win it, suddenly Didier Drogba was there like always to score an important goal.

“Of course I was so happy for the club, the players and the owner. Hopefully this season the club will win a few trophies again,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight